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Framed Antique Japanese Oshi-E Textile Art from Meiji Period

Period 1900-1919
Materials Silk and cotton
W. 25 in; H. 23 in; D. 1 in;
W. 63.5 cm; H. 58.42 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good. Well preserved sample, some staining on the background fabric. Wear on the frame, reframing recommended.
Creation Date 1890-1910s
Description A relatively rare example of a textile art called Oshi-E from Meiji Period Japan (1868-1912). It depicts two court ladies in their fine festival attires having a picnic under a pine tree by the river. The two ladies were sharing a leisurely moment with one lady dancing and the other gazing at her, picnic baskets scattered around them. The Oshi-E (also known as kiritori zaiku) is a type of ornamental textile art dated back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It started among the elite aristocratic women in Kyoto before spreading wider in the Japanese society. Throughout Edo and Meiji period, Oshi-E were sometimes used to make offerings to the altars in the temple and in the late 19th century, it was exported to the west along with the other embroidery textile art. Oshi-E was made by using silk wadding to create a relief design. Various silk fabric swaps and sometimes wires and tassels, often recycled from older kimonos among the other pieces, were used to create different desired effects. Much details were focused on the elaborate dresses, head wears, faces, and plants in the setting. The work was time-consuming and in Meiji period, it was considered as a feminine accomplishment along with ikebana, embroidery and tea ceremony. According to the book: Threads of silk and gold: ornamental textile from Meiji Japan published by Ashmolean museum of art and archaeology University of Oxford, few examples survived to this day. The textile measures 18.5"wx15"h, newly framed and with frame it is 25"wx23"h.
This lovely small piece was from a prominent estate of an important American family. Provenance is available to the buyer only.
Reference: Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textile from Meiji Japan published by Ashmolean museum of art and archaeology University of Oxford. Page 178.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 294018
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