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Late Meiji to early Taisho (1900-1920)
A tall silk kuro-tomesode featuring masterful yuzen-painted pair of elegant peacocks among peonies and bamboo grass. Surihaku gold-foil outlining and five mon (family crests). 50" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 65" height. Legends have that the peacock consume poisonous snakes, can avert natural disasters, and is a symbol of immortality. The peony is often paired with the peacock or other fowl in Japanese art. In textile design, the peony is non-seasonal, having the status of "the king of flowers". Kuro-tomesode (black tomesode) are often worn for wedding ceremonies by married female relatives of the bride or groom.
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