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This very long, extraordinary Boys Day Banner exhibits the elements of an exciting legend from Japanese History. This marvelously hand painted design displays the legend of Jingo Kogo, who, on the death of her husband (A.D. 200), concealed that fact and took command herself of the expeditionary force that went to conquer Korea. Having planted her standard at the gate of the King's palace, and extracted her concessions, she returned to Japan where almost immediately on her arrival her child was born. She then assumed the Regency, which passed in peace. She is credited with many beneficial reforms as well as sending the first ambassadors to China. She died at the age of 100 in A.D. 269. She is usually represented as a female warrior: bare headed, but for a band around her head. She was generally attended by her aged Counselor, who is shown here holding her infant son.
No two Boys Day Banners are exactly alike, as each Banner was a hand painted gift from the maternal grandparents, who commissioned the design of the Banner from the artist, to their grandson who aspired to the manly characteristics portrayed by his Japanese ancestors. Heirloom banners are one of a kind. The Banners were painted entirely by hand and never dip-dyed. These enormous Banners exhibit dazzling colors that were created by brushing pigments or "Ganryo", usually in a soybean-liquid binder, onto the surface of the fabric in a manner similar to Yuzen: the design is outlined in rice paste with a cylinder and then filled in with the desired pigment color.
This is an important historic piece of Japanese History in the form of a Boys Day Banner commemorating one of Japan's most famous legends.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Hand painted Heirloom Boy's Day Banner
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Late Meiji Era (1868 - 1912), early 1900s
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Atypical light weight cotton banner in excellent condition. Original tags intended for hanging the Banner outdoors vertically, still attached.
FINISHED SIZE: 15 feet, 3 inches in length x 27 inches wide
PRESENTATION: Dramatic when hung as is or modified and lined to hang on a wall, using the remaining fabric to create other accessories
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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