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Item Traditional Japanese koi nobori (carp banner) made from natural traditional washi paper. Watercolor hand painted.
Early 1900s
Materials Traditionally made washi paper which was glued together from individual smaller paper squares. The mouth has a wooden circle (to catch the wind) and a tie cord. Natural pigment watercolor paints.
39 inches X 15 feet
100 X 460 cm
Good overall condition. The hand painted images colors are still bright, not faded. There are several small holes, and the tail is tattered because of wind damage.
Comment Most of these koi nobori were made from cotton fabric but this one was made from washi paper and actually displayed at the front of the family's house on May 5 in honor of Boy's Day

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