Banner (nobori)

Japanese
19th century


Dimensions

Height x width: 143 x 38 in. (363.2 x 96.5 cm)

Accession Number

01.5921

Medium or Technique

Wool plain-weave, embroidered with silk and couched with gold -wrapped thread, appliquéd, glass eyes

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Vertical banner (nobori) of imported red wool with appliquéd figure of warrior, ranking as an army general with 16th century regalia, in couched gold-wrapped thread and outlined with black twisted silk cord; face and hands embroidered in white silk, glass eyes; border on four sides with design of “Seven Treasures” pattern (shippô tsunagi) on black plain-weave silk (along top and bottom) and blue twill-weave silk with blue silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts (along sides); appliquéd crest at top with design of three linked hexagons with floral motifs inside (mitsumori kikkô ni hanabishi); attached hanging loops along top and one side of light blue silk damask. Pair with 01.5922.

These banners are used on floats at religious festivals.

Provenance

Gift from E. M. Raymond to the MFA, May 1901

Credit Line

Gift of E. M. Raymond