Japanese - Japanese Military Flag, 20th century

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Japanese Military Flag, 20th century

Printed plain weave wool with machine stitching, 138.4 x 114.3 cm (54 1/2 x 45 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

T33w30

Provenance

Gift from jiu-jitsu expert Uchimura Tengan to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1906.

Dimension Notes

Selvedge width: 73.66 cm (29 in.)


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Commentary

A 20th-century Japanese military hangs on the wall in the Vatichino - a striking contrast to the rest of the bric-a-brac in the narrow gallery. The flag was a gift from jiu-jitsu expert Uchimura Tengan to Isabella Stewart Gardner. He famously gave Gardner private lessons in jiu-jitsu. The “Hinomaru,” as the national flag of Japan is called, consists of a large red disk, representing the sun, in the center of a white rectangular horizontal background. Many of the gifts Gardner’s friends gave her were stored in the Vatichino, and remain there today.