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Taisho period (1912-1926)
Rinzu silk kimono featuring yuzen and freehand painted motifs of karahana flowers and enraged lions. Each lion motif is different than the next, so no stenciling was involved - all independently painted painstakingly by a master. Some of the karahana flower motifs have additional red and silver metallic threads inserted horizontally to add highlights. Several light yellowish stains on the frontside. 48" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 58" height. The karahana motif, representing a generic flower, is one with a long tradition, having been imported from the Silk Road and China many centuries ago. Lions such as these figure prominently in Buddhist art, as the 'roar of the lion is said to represent the 'voice of law' in that religion'.
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