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DESCRIPTION: This colorful and magnificently hand painted and embroidered young boy's Formal Silk Kimono, obviously belonged to a young man of high social standing, as the intricate weaving, hand painting, and pure gold threads of the embroidery are exquisite in their detailing. The fabulous Treasure Ship design ("Takarabune") was created through the “Rice Paste Resist” technique of painting and was one of Japan's most favored subjects. Carried on the Ship are 10 precious objects all of which are associated with the attainment of a happy marriage. Among the wishes symbolized are succulent fruit, fragrant blossoms to purify the air, a mallet of good fortune and a money bag to produce great wealth.
The Kimono was then elaborately "Couched" and embroidered in brilliant pure yellow gold threads. In addition to the pure gold threads, there are also "Good Luck" threads hanging from the Family Crest or "Mon." The Family Crest 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 Wood Sorrel or "Katabami." Its colorful flowers and compound leaves with 3 heart shaped leaflets were used in ancient times to polish bronze mirrors and as a balm for wounds. The leaflets symbolize the (1) love, (2) power, and (3) wisdom of the Buddha Mida. From the high sheen of this finely handwoven Silk to the actual painting and fabulous embroidery, this Boys’ Kimono was a valued family heirloom.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Formal Silk Boys Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Late Meiji Era (1868-1912)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Satin Silk with hand painting and hand made pure gold "Couched" threads in extraordinary condition. This rare thread is 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. The Rice Paste Resist technique utilized to create this brilliant design required that each individual color be applied separately, while all the remaining colors must first be painted out in the rice paste. This is an extraordinarily difficult, time consuming, and labor-intensive artistic process that often took months to accomplish. In excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: Typical Size for a Formal Boys Kimono would be approximately 34" across x 41" tall.
PRESENTATION: Fabulous artwork to be hung or framed; or, for an incredible occasion, to be worn.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental U.S.