The Funeral Banner of Lady Dai has several different symbolisms hidden within the paint and ink on the sink banner. The symbol hidden within the banner can mean many things it just looked at by themselves and so many more if looked at as a group instead of alone. The Funeral Banner of Lady Dai relates to the phenomenon of interconnectedness between China, Korea, and Japan by unifying these three countries by breaking geographic and language barriers and showing common practices between them all. China was a big influence on both Japan and Korea, the banner may have also had an influence on the art produced in both countries.
The Banner of Lady Dai banner was found in Lady Dai’s tomb in 1972. The Marquis of Dai died in 186 B.C.E. while the Lady Dai (his wife) and their son both died in 163 B.C.E. The true function of funeral banners is debatable, so think they have a connection to the afterlife. Funeral Banners were also thought to be “‘name banners’ to identify a person during mourning ceremonies, or shrouds to help soul into the afterlife” (McIntire) or attract the spirit of the deceased to their tomb where they were to spend the rest of eternity in comfort. It is believed that “banners like this were carried in front of the funeral procession, then draped upon the deceased coffin” (Gunther).
The Funeral Banner of Lady Dai is painted Silk in ink and color and was commissioned most likely by family of Lady Dai. The artist of the banner is unknown. The artist represented