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$ 2,500

Framed Japanese Embroidery Textile Panel Rootsters

Origin Japan
Period 1920-1949
Materials silk, wood frame
W. 26 in; H. 29.5 in; D. 0.75 in;
W. 66.04 cm; H. 74.93 cm; D. 1.91 cm;
Condition Good. Fine condition, textile shows faint folding mark and wrinkles. Frame shows minor wear.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description A matted and framed Japanese silk panel with elaborate embroidery circa late Meiji to Taisho period (1910-30s). On a bright background, two roosters or cockerels with full plumages appear engaging in a fight. The needlework was superbly executed mostly using various pattern of tight satin parallel stiches with piling to create a detailed and low relief profile. Chain crouching was used occasionally to delineate between the feathered wings. The color shifting with of the silk threads vividly and realistically showcased the plumages, clearly done by a masterful embroiderer. The motion of the birds is visually arresting and the attention to detail is evident with a single feather falling off from the fight. The pane is signed "Keibun" in Kanji and also with a an archaic type. Signed embroidery is not common generally speaking, and we couldn't identify the artist. The panel itself is 21" x 24".
Cock-fight was used to be a traditional activity in Japan during spring time. Introduced from China in the early 8th century, it became popular during Kamakura and Edo period, before it was banned in 1873 during the Meiji period. It was a popular subject depicted in all types of Japanese art, from painting, lacquerware and metal ware to prints. For a similar composition which may have inspired the design of this panel, see two prints by Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, reference number 1925.2183 and 1925.2182
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 469731
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