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Taisho period (1912-1926)
A silk miyamairi kimono created to be worn at a child's coming-of-age celebration at a Shinto shrine. This kimono features a pair of standing red-crested cranes created using the yuzen technique, with embroidery highlights. 34" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 41" height. The general design layout of this kimono is normally ones employed on boy's miyamairi kimonos, however the fact that the background is not the usual black, and has more of a feminine theme, suggest that this kimono was created for a girl. Tradition in Japan considers the red-crested crane as a symbol of love, happiness, marital fidelity and longevity. The Japanese have made the red-crested crane into an icon and put its image everywhere, so this rare bird is, ironically, seen throughout Japan. The drawing and yuzen-painting is exceptionally on this kimono, with subtle shading, precise detail, and elegant posing.
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