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紺麻地松竹梅扇面模様子供用着物
Child's Kimono with Pine, Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, and Fans

Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ikat-patterned plain-weave bast fiber (asa)
Dimensions:
Overall: 31 x 33 in. (78.7 x 83.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Andreas Leisinger, in memory of Jean Mailey, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.84
Not on view
The waist and shoulder on a child’s kimono have tucks (extra fabric) that can be let out as a child grows. This kimono could be enlarged nearly fifteen inches in length and over four inches in width and was thus able to accommodate several years of growth. Pine, bamboo, and plum blossoms often occur together as a trio of congratulatory motifs. The fan is also auspicious because its shape—widening at one end—signifies increase or growth.
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