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Late Edo (1850-1868)
A silk uchikake (over-robe) featuring a massive series of wave motifs interspersed with small yuzen-painted leaves. There is extensive metallic-gold couching, in addition to some silk-embroidery highlights. The inner safflower-dyed lining is of the rinzu (damask) technique. 49” from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63” height. This is a unique kimono – we have not seen in private or institutional hands a kimono or uchikake with this style of artwork. Most 19th century uchikake were intended to be worn by a bride, however, the serious tone and motifs on this example does not suggest wedding. The refined nature of the artwork also seems to exclude theatre use, as those typically bore relatively crude and bold motifs.
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