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Kimono with Pheasants amid Peonies

Period:
Meiji (1868–1912)–Shōwa period (1926–89)
Date:
first half of the 20th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk crepe; hand-painted paste-resist dyeing with silk embroidered accents
Dimensions:
Overall: 63 × 52 in. (160 × 132.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Sue Cassidy Clark, in memory of Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.510.5
  • Description

    Vividly colored pheasants and peonies appear against a background that graduates delicately from light brown to beige from top to hem. The depiction of pheasants amid the “king of flowers,” as peonies were known in East Asia, has a long history in Japanese pictorial arts; they often represent summer on screens, sliding doors, and paintings from the Muromachi and Momoyama periods. The auspicious peony motif came to Japan from China, and their combination with long-tailed birds was gradually adapted to Japanese tastes, becoming a favored motif in decorative arts as well. The rocks, birds, and pink and apricot-color flowers appear on the front of the long-sleeve kimono, with the left and right halves of the composition almost merging at the back in a modern rendering of the classical pattern.

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