Fish kite (koi-nobori) made of cotton cloth used in a Boys Festival. This is the black carp, magoi, or 'father', which would hang at the top of the fish flag pole, with others beneath. The maker's name is on the underside of the tail. The four lower fins and one back fin are of separate pieces of fabric; these and the tail have black brush strokes. The gills and nose hole are indicated in orange. The scales are indicated with white, gray and black stenciled scallop shapes. The eyes are black in the centre with red, blue white, black, yellow and orange concentric circles around. There are two black chevrons to each side of the mouth, which is formed of a bamboo ring; from this a string to attach the flag to a pole.

flown on May 5th, Boys Festival.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: