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This Watercolor Painting depicting a traditional image of a female Japanese samurai warrior on washi paper was made as a preliminary mock-up design destined to be re-painted on a cotton nobori bata, or the long, banner like streamers hung on May 5 in honor of Boy's Day.

A nobori bata is a long standing banner usually made of cotton and typically displayed as part of a set koi nobori (koi streamers).
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Materials Natural pigment watercolor paints. Traditionally made washi (thick paper) paper which was glued together..
Condition Very good condition. The hand painted images colors are still bright, not faded. There are several very small holes.
Very Long.
29 inches X 15.7 feet, 73 X 480 cm

At the time this paper template mock-up was painted in the early 1900s, Boy's Day nobori bata banners were individually made from the images & themes as decided by the boy's family. The nobori bata craftsman would first sketch out the design like this one as per the family's instructions, then upon the family's approval proceed by painting the individual & unique Boy's Day nobori bata design on white cotton cloth banner.

These still very colorful, dramatic depictions (representations extracted from Japanese heroic folklore) as shown from this image were selected by the family to encourage strength, spirit and honor in their son(s).