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What distinguishes this Obi from all the rest are the very rare purple and blue colors in the background fans of the design. Adding the paired Mandarin Crane to the symbolism designates that it could only have been worn by a young, unmarried woman belonging to the Imperial Court...as such, it is irreplaceable.
DESCRIPTION: Finding a 19th Century "Maru" Obi that has been created from natural pastel dyes is very unusual, but to have that Obi also include lapis, a very rare color, is extraordinary. The Silk threads add a lustrous dimension to the flying Crane (“Tsuru”) who dominate the overall pattern and symbolize good fortune. The Crane appear within the design of an Open Fan (“Sensu”), which indicates one’s open future. Thus, the wearer of this Obi wished for good fortune in her future. The gorgeous Peonies (“Botan”), a symbol of nobility, overlap the stylized Pines (“Matsu”) that represent long life. The intricacy of the design, the inclusion of pure gold threads in the pattern, and the unusual and striking colors attest to the artistry of the weaver, while the gold stripes at the bottom of the pattern denote that a woman of high rank and wealth in Japanese society wore this dramatic Obi.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: This is a rare, hand woven Silk “Maru Obi,” which is the most formal and most expensive of the Japanese Obi. A Maru Obi has but one seam, and has been woven in a continuous repeat pattern and folded over to create 2 visions of the same dramatic scene. A unique feature of the Maru Obi (found only in some antique examples) is a dyeing and weaving process that, when viewed from different angles, appears to make the colors change
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Mid Meiji Era (1868-1912), likely 1880’s
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Hand woven of the finest quality Silk threads, incorporating pure Gold threads into the design. Excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: Size 12 ¾ inches wide x 13 ¼ feet long
PRESENTATION: Creates an unusual and glorious wall hanging, either vertically or horizontally, or extraordinary table or chest runner.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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