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History of Kites: The earliest evidence of Indian kite flying comes from miniature paintings from the Mogul Period around 1500. A favorite theme was of a young man skillfully using his kite to drop messages to a lover who was being held in strict seclusion from him and the rest of the world.

A fan kite? That's what it looks like at first glance, but a closer inspection shows that it is more likely to be a flag on a pole! T.P. (my-best-kite.com)