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Boy's Day Banner (nobori)
  • Hekizan
    active: Japan
  • Boy's Day Banner (nobori), early 1800s–mid 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • tsutsugaki, cotton, dye, ink and/or paint
  • Object Length/Width: 412.5 x 180 cm
    Object Length/Width: 165 x 72 in
  • Museum purchase: Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1993.0012
Label Text

An unusually large, colorful banner depicting a warrior (identified as the Chinese Han dynasty general Guan Gong) on horseback. He sports a heavy black beard and mustache and huge black boots. He is mounted on a prancing red horse and carries a red lance. There are loops on the top and one side of the banner. The banner is on indigo plain weave ground.