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.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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