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    1992,0430,0.4.f.1-2

  • Description

    Pair of Buddhist banners. Red and green silk with embroidered heading and weight boards. The head board is embroidered with a large, smiling bat and the weight board with 1.) a lion facing left; 2.) a lion facing right. the backing is pink with a geometric design. On the streamers and sides Buddhist symbols are intremixed with flowers. One banner badly eaten around the character Wu. Made of silk with cotton, wood and metal.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 477 centimetres
    • Width: 66 centimetres
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  • Acquisition date

    1992

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1992,0430,0.4.f.1-2

Pair of Buddhist banners. Red and green silk with embroidered heading and weight boards. The head board is embroidered with a large, smiling bat and the weight board with 1.) a lion facing left; 2.) a lion facing right. the backing is pink with a geometric design. On the streamers and sides Buddhist symbols are intremixed with flowers. One banner badly eaten around the character Wu. Made of silk with cotton, wood and metal.

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