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Item Noboribatata Boy's Day Cotton Banner/Flag, Shoki, the Demon Queller
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton, All natural vegetable dyes, Homespun & Hand Loomed
26 inches X 15 feet
65 X 450 cm
Thick Fabric, two 13.5 inch panels hand sewn together
1.2 Lbs, 535g
Good condition, some minor imperfections as seen in photos. Displayed over the years numerous times resulting in some soiling. Colors very still strong.
Comment A deity from China’s Taoist pantheon. Shoki found his highest popularity in Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868), when people began hanging noboribata (like this one) of Shoki during the annual Boys' Day festival (Tango no Sekku) outside their homes to ward off evil spirits. Protector of Homes of Male Children. He is regarded as a vanquisher of evil beings, and reputedly able to command 80,000 demons. His image is often painted on household gates as a guardian spirit.

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