A baste or cotton Nobori Bata, a specialized banner created for a boy's day festival. Very good condition, with a few tiny holes and smudges. 188" x 26". Nobori banners were part of the traditional display for Boy's Day held each year on May 5th in Japan. Such banners were created with iconography that would inspire sons in discipline, manliness, courage and honor. The subject of this banner is the famous ' Seven Spears of Shizugatake '. The top seven generals of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who sought to control Japan at the end of the 16th century, were Fukushima Masanori, Hirano Nagayasu, Kasuya Takenori, Katagiri Katsumoto, Kato Kiyomasa, Kato Yoshiaki, and Wakizaka Yasuharu.. They were all members of Hideyoshi's elite mounted bodyguard at the Battle of Shizugatake in1583. At the decisive moment in the battle, Hideyoshi ordered them to leave the position and charge at the opposing army of Katsuie Shibata. These seven succeeded in helping turn the tide of that famous battle, and thereafter were forever immortalized as the ' Seven Spears of Shizugatake '. What distinguished the Seven Spears of Shizugatake as a group is that all seven of the warriors went on to do great things, becoming top generals and major daimyo in their own right, and all seven survived the tumultuous final years of the Sengoku Era to live well into the peaceful Edo Period.