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DESCRIPTION: A young boy of noble standing wore this marvelous handwoven and hand painted Silk Boy’s Kimono for Boys’ Day in Japan. It has been hand painted using the “Rice Paste Resist” method, including pure gold paint, and was then elaborately "Couched" in handmade pure yellow gold threads. This stunning design of a Hawk flying over Japanese Pine and a Carriage of the nobility is both dramatic and colorful. The Hawk, or Falcon, is often considered the king of birds in Japan. Warriors especially liked the bird because of its fierce and competitive nature as well as the visually striking patterns of its plumage. Banners with Hawks have been used since the Heian Era when the bureaucracy included an Office Of Falconry. The stylized branches of the Pine or "Matsu" represent longevity, while the ox drawn carriage or Gosho Guruma" symbolizes upper-class life as it was envisioned in the Heian Era. Thus, the symbolism of this Kimono represents what the young boy's parent's envisioned for his future: power, high status and long life.
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 bold stripe or "Hikiryo" and was originally used as a symbol of identification on the battlefield. This colorful and magnificently decorated young Boy’s Formal Silk Kimono obviously belonged to a young man of high social standing, and would have been a valued family heirloom.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Boys Formal Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Late Meiji Era (1868-1912), to the Early Taisho Era ( 1913 - 1926)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: The Rice Paste Resist technique used in the hand painting of this brilliant Kimono required that each color be applied separately, while all the others were 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 in the local river water and then reapplied. The Kimono was further embellished by the addition of pure, hand made gold threads created by painting liquid Gold on rice paper and then wrapping it around Silk threads; which, because it was so fragile, could only be laid on top of the fabric and “Couched” to it. All the artistic skills applied to the creation of this Kimono required tremendous talent, and laborious and time consuming skill. It is in excellent condition.
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 outing, to be worn.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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