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Item The Images Show Three of the The Seven Gods of Fortune found in Japanese mythology and folklore.
In English they are called the "Seven Lucky Gods". And, a child.
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton, All natural vegetable dyes, Homespun & Hand Loomed
28 inches X 16 feet
72 X 490 cm
1.4 Lbs, 635g
Good condition, some minor imperfections as seen in photos. Displayed over the years numerous times resulting in some soiling. Colors slightly subdued.
Comment The 3 gods depicted here are:
Jurojin - god of longevity
Fukurokuju - god of happiness, wealth and longevity
Daikokuten - god of wealth, commerce and trade
Legend has it that Children would receive red envelopes around the New Year from these gods which contain money as seen in the bottom Daikokuten image.
These Boy's Day noboribata displayed on and before May 5 celebrated the parent's desire for their son's future happiness and good fortune.

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