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Taisho period (1912-1926)
A silk rinzu (damask) kimono featuring a very effective arrangement of vertical stripes. 49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 59" height. Striped kimonos are not common, and not rare, however, this superb example is extraordinary. Firstly, the sleeve width being 50% the width of the main body is standard, but not the 50% of sleeve length to kimono length; these two ratios result in a balanced and solid canvas. The color choices, width variation, and combination of stripes must have come from an artist in full control of his senses. The effect caused by a bilaterally symmetrical stripe arrangement on the sleeves against a bilaterally 'marching' stripe arrangement on the main body is gently puzzling and entrancing.
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