Banner (nobori)

19th century


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


E. M. Raymond; May 1901, gift of Raymond to the MFA, Boston.

Credit Line

Gift of E. M. Raymond