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Late Meiji to mid Taisho period (1900-1920)
A chirimen silk furisode featuring peonies, spring orchids and nightingales created utilizing yuzen-painting, with silk embroidery and metallic thread highlights. Five mon. 51" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63" height. The peony has always been regarded as a symbol of magnificent wealth, fortune and prosperity to the extent that it is sometimes known as the ‘king of flowers”. The peony has a lush, full, and beautiful bloom suggesting luxury and opulence and has become an emblem of regal power in Japan. Rich in color and beauty, the peony was regarded as the flower of riches and honour, associated with aristocracy and prosperity. The peony is the rose without thorns, and so embodies romance and love, and is regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage as well. The combination of motifs on this furisode suggest that it was intended to be worn during the spring.
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