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Item Details
Location:
Japan
Date:
Early 19th century (1810-1840)
Description:
A chirimen (crepe) silk uchikake featuring decorations of rustic rural scenes of pavilions, bridges, boats, pine trees, rivers, as well as many plum trees in full blossom. These motifs were created painstakingly and masterfully, utilizing a combination of yuzen paste-resist dyeing, sumi e painting, and silk embroidered details that are accented with extensive use of gold thread couching. Subtle color shading was accomplished of painting on silk with 'bokashi', gradual shade dying accented with brush strokes (dry and not-so-dry). The inner lining and lower hem is of a very fine beni red silk softened to a dark salmon color. There is very light padding between this inner monochrome lining and the outer patterned layer. Excellent condition: typically there are small damages to such fine old garments, but in this case, even the fragile very fine silk lining remains near perfect, and there are no noticeable loosening of the gold metallic embroidery couching on the outside motifs. 51" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63" height. This wedding over-kimono garment would likely have been worn by a samurai household bride. It is probable that the different bridges and pavilions depicted on this robe represent actual structures at the time. The bridge on the lower part is possibly the Uji bridge of Kyoto; such scenes of famous places are referred to as "meisho-e". A bride wearing a meisho-e robe proclaimed that she had both the financial resources and leisure to visit such locales.
Price:
50000
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