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Item Noboribatata Boy's Day Cotton Banner/Flag, Shoki, the Demon Queller, 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.
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton, All natural vegetable dyes, Homespun & Hand Loomed
2.8 X 11.25 feet
85 X 340 cm
Good Overall Condition with
A few hardly noticeable small holes and some age staining

Still strong hand painted images

We have ironed this textile.
Comment Shoki's Historical Significance
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. Today, Shoki is a minor deity relatively neglected or forgotten by most Japanese, except perhaps in Kyoto city, where residents still adorn the eaves and rooftops of their homes with Shoki’s effigy to ward off evil and illness, and to protect the male heir to the family.
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