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Taisho period (1912-1926)
A stunning kimono featuring pairs of yuzen-painted cranes that form diamond-shapes. In Japan, this diamond-shaped-sets-of-cranes motif is named "tsuru-bishi". The single mon (family crest) on the backside is intricately embroidered and couched -- the existence of this mon signifies that this is a special formal kimono, perhaps worn at a wedding or during New Years festivities, as the crane is often associated with these two occasions. 49” across shoulders x 63” height. The austere aesthetics of this kimono conforms to a Japanese aesthetic called "iki" -- first employed in late 18th century Japan -- pursued the ideal of simplicity and refinement, with the aim of eliminating as much as possible of the superfluous and to manifest beauty in what remained.
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