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Early Showa (1926-1940)
A chirimen silk kurotomesode featuring a flock of yuzen-painted flying cranes over a raging wave. Silver foil highlights. Five mon (family crests). 51" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63" height. The Japanese regards the white crane as the premier symbol of longevity and good fortune. What sets this formal kimono apart from other tomesode is the high level of its artistry. The carefully shaded blue wave with white froth contrasts against the uniform black background. The flock of cranes form an elegant arc in the same direction as the wave. Most of the artwork is consciously compressed against the left side of the kimono, for a dynamic effect that proves that a kimono can be a great canvas for an artist.
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