1000 Stitch Belt-0071- Beautiful Color Painted Tiger Senninbari-"SOLD"

This silk, multi-colored tiger painted Senninbari is gorgeous, measuring approximately 13.25″ High X 39.50″ Long. The material is in near-fine condition and has age-toned to a warm cream color, showing its three quarters of a century age. Examining the edges of the senninbari, it appears that the silk material was probably folded and stitched at one time. Prominently displayed in the center, a colorful tiger was painted using black, gray, white, red, orange, yellow and yellow-gold inks or paint.  The tiger is portrayed descending along a rocky outcropping, surrounded by bamboo, while fiercely growling.  Bamboo is often shown paired with the tiger as it represents something that may be shaken by the fiercest of storms, often bending but will not break, much like the warrior’s body and spirit.  The artwork image is large, standing about  11.50″ High X 9.00″ Long.  Located just above the beast’s head is a 5-sen Japanese coin, stitched in place with red cotton thread.  In the Japanese language, the number 4 or “shi” has the same pronunciation as their word for “death” and is considered unlucky.  By attaching a 5-sen coin (the next number beyond 4), to the senninbari, there is the implication of going past 4 or moving over the line of death.  It prays that the soldier will be successful in his mission and mindful of his duty.  Should death face him, it further implies that he will accept that fate without hesitation, offering his life willingly to the Emperor. (For additional information on senninbari and good luck coins, please see the book, Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts by Dr. Michael A. Bortner).  Located in the 12 o’clock position, above the good luck coin are 4 large black kanji characters that read, Buun Chokyu or “May Your Military Fortunes Be Long Lasting”.  On either side of the painted tiger are large blocks of red cotton knots, sewn in rows of 500 stitches for a total of 1000.  If you look closely at the knotted panel on the right-hand side, you can see where the first knot was placed underneath and then was looped continuously along, and finally knotted just to the left of the tiger’s tail. These beautifully painted, presentation-type senninbari are just very difficult to find anymore and this one is quite nice.

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