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Japanese Antique Fukusa Textile Art Meiji Period

Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials silk
Dimensions
W. 26 in; H. 28.5 in; D. 0.1 in;
W. 66.04 cm; H. 72.39 cm; D. 0.25 cm;
Condition Good. Antique textile condition, small spotty stains, some fraying on the edge shown in detail photos, faint folding mark from storage.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description A Japanese silk Fukusa panel circa late 19th-early 20th century of Meiji Period. The front was beautifully decorated with Yuzen-zome, a labor intensive resist-dye technique invested by an artist monk Miyazaki Yuzensai (1654 -1736) of Edo period. The front cover likely depicts a scene from the Tale of Genji, showing a nobleman and his servant pays a visit to a lady in a fenced thatch-roof house under a high peak. The details of blossom trees and pines, as well as the characters, and scenery with a gradual color are astounding. It is telling that the Yuzen dying was used such an mastery.
The piece has a red silk backing and still retains two red tassels on the lower corners as well as decorative stitches along the edges. There is a patched design on the back likely a Mon symbol (family crest).
Fukusa is a traditional Japanese textile art used as a panel for presenting gifts at important occasions.
Styles / Movements Asian, Baroque, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 346303
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