Sacred banners traveled to Japan with the earliest introduction of Buddhism, for adornment and ceremonial functions. This is a Shosoin-style banner with pagoda-wood-canopy from the area of Todai-ji temple (Nara). Banner is made of scrap pieces of silk, it has ink-painted Buddhist scriptures in kanji and a top head in the shape of a pagoda, made of lacquered wood and decorated with metallic gravure.
This is a rare, collectors’ item, authentic and extremely unique. Many different factors determine prices. First: age, rarity, and condition. Second: aesthetics. Since Japanese Buddhist temple artifacts are rare they command a premium.
Condition: The item is in excellent vintage condition, suitable for display. Minimal time patina on the wood canopy and frays inherent with silk and age. Items has not been cleaned or repaired. It is in its original condition. Acquired by our family assisted by a Japanese expert, while living in Japan.
Length: 43 1/2 inches (111 cm).
Width: 7 inches (18 cm).
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