Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flag-00120 "SOLD"

This large silk-crepe, Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flag measures approximately 27.” high X 37.” long.  It is impressive in the number of signatures that cover the white field of the flag; there are many hundreds, perhaps a thousand-plus, names written across the front.  Both brown paper corner tabs are in place, although they show quite a bit of wear. One of the tabs has its original tie strings in place.  The large red orb is bright and sits near the center of a dark and stained white field. The fly and hoist side edges of this flag have been hem stitched, to provide added strength.

The position of the flag’s dedication is in an unusual position, having been displayed vertically for signing.  The large, bold kanji characters for Ki Buun Chokyu or “I Pray Your Military Fortunes Are Long Lasting”, are written horizontally across the top of the flag.  Immediately following the exultation, are the kanji characters that give the name of the former owner, “Presented to: Uematsu Yutaka”.

This flag is covered in stains that appear to have come from battle.  They correspond with a flag that was probably folded and either worn or carried into the field.  Whether all of the rips and/or tears came at that time, I cannot be sure (see photos); the material is really not that fragile.  This flag is quite colorful, and with so many signatures, a tough to find example.  It would, however, display quite well in a frame and be a highlight of any collection.

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