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Item Details
Taisho period (1912-1926)
An unusual rinzu silk furisode featuring many yuzen-painted motifs on a large quadrated background. Much satin-stitch embroidery, metallic couching, and gold foil. Five mon, so the most formal of kimono. Double inner lining, so likely a garment intended for winter wear. A few tiny tears on the shoulder. 49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 68" height. The motifs on this kimono include several musical instruments used in the 'Gagaku' (Japanese traditional music and dance). As this rare kimono has the graphic quadrated color background found in certain Edo period Noh theatre theatrical robes, combined with the fact that at 68" height is unusually tall, it is likely that this was created for theatrical or dance performances, where the hem would trail on the stage floor.
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