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Item Traditional Japanese koi nobori (carp banner) made from natural traditional washi paper. Watercolor hand painted.
Early 1900s
Materials Natural pigment watercolor paints. Traditionally made washi paper. The mouth has a wooden circle (to catch the wind) and a tie cord.
30 inches X 9.0 feet
75 X 280 cm
Good overall condition. The hand painted images colors are still bright, not faded. There are several small holes, and the tail is a little tattered. 1 area of one side of the tail is missing.

One side has a body width torn area next to the head. See last three photos. Envelope sandwiched between torn area.
Comment Most of these koi nobori were made from cotton fabric but this one was made of 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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