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A boy's plain silk miyamairi haori created for a ceremonial Shinto shrine blessing. The back of the garment features Kashiwade no Hanoshi fighting a tiger. Yuzen-dyeing and painting. Some loose couching embroidery and small stains; the inner lining has many patina stains. 34" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 42" height. This kimono features the rare theme of the brave fully-dressed samurai Kashiwade no Hanoshi fighting a tiger. Kashiwade no Hanoshi was a 6th century Japanese warrior who was sent to Korea as an envoy. Once there, legend has it that a tiger devours his daughter, necessitating a confrontation with the tiger culprit in a bamboo grove. After a fierce fight involving both bravery and honour, the samurai is victorious. During the period 1830 through 1850, this legend was depicted on several woodblock prints, including one by the great artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
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