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Meiji period (1868-1911)
A fine silk antique miyamairi kimono, one utilized to drape over a one-month old baby boy during rite of passage at a Shinto Shrine. This kimono features a large intricately yuzen-dyed hawk on pine branch motif with embroidery highlights. Very good condition, with some patina on the front and a large light stain on the hidden inner lining. 33" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 40" height. The pine tree is considered by the Japanese as a symbol of longevity, good fortune and steadfastness. The main subject of this kimono is the white "taka", which in Japan refers to both the hawk and falcon. Falcons and hawks became natural emblems of the Japanese warrior class due to their keen eyesight, their predatory nature, and their boldness, all characteristics that the boys parents would want to transmit to their son.
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