A rare chirimen (crepe) silk mirror cover depicting three 'karako' children as well as a family crest. Yuzen-dyeing with metallic embroidery highlights. Very good condition. 19" x 43" The Japanese term 'karako' generically refers to small Chinese children as they are portrayed in Japanese art. These children, depicted without reference to a specific sex but usually appearing to be boys, wear sets of Chinese traditional clothes and have bare heads except for two small tufts of hair. Karako can represent the wish to have a male successor who will gain high social status, and also is a benevolent symbol which brings luck, happiness and prosperity.