NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
Sashimono (Personal Flag) of Sakakibara Yasumasa
Momoyama period, 17th century
(Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)
A sashimono (personal flag) was worn on a slender bamboo pole fixed to the backplate of a soldier's armor, identifying him or the family he served. Sakakibara Yasumasa's sashimono shows the sun with the character mu ("nothingness") in gold on a dark blue silk ground.
"That begins with an M, such as... muchness - you know you say things are 'much of a muchness' - did you ever see... a drawing of a muchness?"
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