DESCRIPTION: This marvelous depiction of two Sparrows ("Suzume")
seated on a Bamboo ("Take") branch is reminiscent of the work of Ikeno
Taiga in the 18th century. The painting has a spontaneous quality to it,
while the sparrows and bamboo are nicely defined. The thin bamboo bends
under the weight of the sparrows as they decide whether to rest or nest.
This small bird has the reputation for incessant chattering, which has
suggested the common description of loquacious people being "as
talkative as sparrow." On a nicer note, the chirps the sparrow makes
sound like the word for loyalty, which gains much merit for the small
bird. The sparrow in bamboo are a popular pattern in Japan due to the
frequent appearance of nest building sparrows in bamboo groves. As
revealed in a famous Japanese folktale called "The Sparrow with the Cut
Tongue," the sparrow also exemplifies the virtue of repaying one's
obligations; while bamboo is considered versatile, graceful and
auspicious as well as strong and flexible.
This lovely work of art has been hand painted using the "Rice Paste
Resist" or "Tsutsugaki" method on hand woven Chirimen Silk. The colors
reflect the age of the art, as they come from natural dyes. The original
textile from which this marvelous fragment has been taken was a "Nagajuban"
or Informal Kimono intended for wearing in the home, often underneath
another Kimono. Thus, the man for whom this fabulous Kimono was created
had to have been an individual of great wealth and high social standing
in order to have been able to commission this work of art for no other
pleasure than his own.
harete suzume no
the clouds are gone and sparrows
are telling each other tales
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Man’s Nagajuban or Under Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Early Meiji Era (1868-1911)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: The original Silk is "Chirimen
Silk" which is a crepe-like Silk that has not been created in Japan
since the 1800s, as the actual weaving process has been lost. It has
been hand painted in the Rice Paste Resist technique which requires 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 in the local river
water. a tedious and time-consuming process used extensively in the
1800s throughout Japan. It is in excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 19 ½” wide x 20 ½ “ high
PRESENTATION: An acid free mat, in the natural tones of the art
work, has been set in a bamboo inspired, matching filet and wood frame
that again reflect these same colors. It is protected by 97% UV
protected Glass. This rare, antique textile has
been mounted in conformance with the highest standards in order to
ensure a damage free environment for its future protection.
Certificate of Authenticity is included.
Professional packing and shipping provided within the continental United