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Obi in pristine
condition from the late 1700s to the very early 1800s are exceedingly rare. The
intricate pattern of the hand weaving is exceptional.
This is a very intricately hand woven, repeat row pattern of blue and white Flying Crane ("Tsuru") and Bamboo ("Take"), stylized Pine ("Matsu") interspersed with Cherry Blossoms ("Ume"), and the long tailed Tortoise ("Minogame") among the stylized Waves ("Nami"). Each of these motifs holds a special meaning in the Japanese culture. The Crane represent long life (as legend has it that it takes the Crane 1000 years to fly to the Sun) and good fortune, while the Bamboo incorporates the characteristics of strength and flexibility. The Pine also stands for longevity, while the Minogame reinforces this idea because its tail does not grow until the tortoise is 500 years old, and, thus, it is an emblem for longevity.
The intricacy of the design and the unusual and striking colors attest to the artistry of the weaver, while the stripes at the bottom of the pattern denote that a woman of high rank and wealth in Japanese society wore this dramatic Obi.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Formal Maru Obi
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Edo Era (1615 - 1868)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Hand woven of the finest quality Silk threads. Excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: Size 12 ¾ inches wide x 13 ¼ feet long
PRESENTATION: Creates an unusual and glorious wall hanging, either vertically or horizontally, or extraordinary table or chest runner.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental U.S.
(truer color to the left)