Miniature Nobori Bata - Late Edo (1775-1850). This was used as part of a May 5 Boys Day 'warrior' display carefully arranged in the 'tokonoma' or alcove within some Japanese homes. This display centered around several warrior dolls, and included a set of miniature 'nobori bata' , fans, carp streamers, feathery whisks, warrior dolls in rows, seated figures, hawks tethered to their perches, standing figures with swords at their hips, protected by armor. Yorke Antique Textiles
Large Festival Banner - Late Edo (1840-1868). A baste or cotton Nobori Bata, a specialized banner created for a boy's day festival. 188" x 26". Nobori banners were part of the traditional display for Boy's Day held each year on May 5th in Japan. Such banners were created with iconography that would inspire sons in discipline, manliness, courage and honor. The subject of this banner is the famous ' Seven Spears of Shizugatake '. Yorke Antique Textiles
Sumiyoshi Festival, Tsukudajima (Tsukudajima Sumiyoshi no matsuri), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei) 「名所江戸百景 佃しま住吉の祭」 Japanese, Edo period, 1857 (Ansei 4), 7th month Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858, Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, MFA
Battle flag Date: approx. 1615-1800 Medium: Silk, paper and gold foil. Battle flags were used by samurai to identify their troops when engaged in battle or in processions. This banner is made of silk and reinforced with horizontal stitches. The corners are strengthened with leather patches. The large diamond-shaped family crest, which contains the character "three" in the center, is made of gold foil, which is sewn to the silk ground by small stitches.