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Child's Kimono with Pine, Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, and Fans

Meiji period (1868–1912)
late 19th–early 20th century
Ikat-patterned plain-weave bast fiber (asa)
Overall: 31 x 33 in. (78.7 x 83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Andreas Leisinger, in memory of Jean Mailey, 1996
Accession Number:
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art, Part II," May 1, 1996–September 8, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

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