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Early Showa period (1926-1940)
A rinzu (damask) silk kimono mainly featuring various traditional Japanese music instrument motifs. Techniques include yuzen-painting, bakashi shading, couching and simple embroidery highlights. A single mon (family crest). The rinzu base pattern consists of huge and relatively bold ‘hiogi’ (decorated folding fan) motifs. The silk and workmanship are of a very fine quality. The blue represents the sky and the soft green the earth. Some of the motifs include a ‘kiji’ (pheasant), phoenix, tsuzumi (hand drum), and ‘shou’ (wind instrument). Bokashi shading on the susomawashi (inner lower lining). 48” from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63” height. The height (63”), the fact that it sports a semi-formal single-family crest (rare for a kimono) and is full of non-typical motifs indicates that this kimono would have been worn by at a specialized celebration (by a geisha or other). Commissioning the creation of this specialized kimono would have entailed great expense, with much time required by skilled artists to paint the many complex motifs. We have not seen another kimono similar to this example.
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