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A young boy of noble standing wore this marvelous Silk Boy’s Kimono for Boys’ Day in Japan. This intricate design of dramatic Hawk resting in a stylized Japanese Pine is breathtaking in its contrast between the realism of the Hawk themselves, and the stylized Pine or "Matsu" in which they perch. The Pine denote longevity and are dramatically portrayed in rare and unusual shades of green and blue. The Hawk or Falcon is often considered the king of birds in Japan. Warriors especially liked the bird because of its fierce and powerful nature. It has been hand painted using the “Rice Paste Resist” method and then elaborately embroidered in brilliant pure white and yellow gold threads.
The Family Crest, “Mon,” appears 5 times on the shoulders and back of the garment and indicates that it was to be worn for formal occasions. The Crest is that of the Gentian, "Rindo," and was used to convey a sense of autumnal loneliness in early Japanese literature. It has been associated with branches of the powerful Minamoto (Genji) clan and conveys a purely aristocratic aura. Thus, this Kimono could only have belonged to a young boy of great wealth and high social standing.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Formal Boy's Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Late Meiji (1868 - 1912) to Early Taisho (1913 - 1926)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Silk Kimono with pure, yellow and white gold threads. It has been hand painted in the Rice Paste Resist technique which required that each color be applied separately, while all the others are painted out in the rice paste. Each time a new color was added, the rice paste had to be removed by soaking it out over and over again. The creation of this fabulous Kimono required enormous time and skill to complete.
FINISHED SIZE: Typical size for a formal Boys Kimono approximates 34" across x 41" tall
PRESENTATION: Creates a brilliant wall hanging or framed textile art; or, for an extraordinary occasion, to be worn.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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