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.
A Personal Flag (sashimono) sold by Christie's, New York, on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, first half 19th c , The sashimono (personal flag) is of indigo-dyed hemp, with motif of wisteria enfolding the character Ko
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