Ko-uma-jirushi 馬印 with dancing shôjô

Price:  1.300,00

A rare Japanese ko-uma-jirushi 小馬印 (‘small’ battle standard) surmounted by an polychrome paper-maché ornament shaped like a shôjô 猩猩 holding a fan and dancing on top of a large slightly tilted gilt sake jar 壺 (tsubo).
Shôjô are intelligent sea spirits with a red face and -hair with an enormous fondness for alcohol. These yôkai spend their lives singing, dancing, and drinking large quantities of alcohol.

Placed on top of a platform with a long brown leather, and green felt fringe, carried by a long black lacquered ribbed pole.

Period: Japan – Early Meiji period (Second half 19th century).

Height 204.7 cm, Diamet 16.2 cm.

Considering its age in a good restored condition. The shôjô, and tsubo are detachable from the pole. Some losses. The fringe from a later date, and one hand of the shôjô re-attached. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

Uma-jirushi 馬印 were identifiers used on the battlefield during the Sengoku period in Japan. These identifiers were attached to the end of a long handle and placed by the horse or in the main camp to indicate the location of an important military commander. They are also referred to as “horse labels” or “horse signs.”

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B4522


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