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[Handwoven tubular honbukuro obi with black and brown checkered design of Chinese characters and landscape]

[Handwoven tubular honbukuro obi with black and brown checkered design of Chinese characters and landscape]
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obi
L: 158 in, W: 11.75 in
silk

, unknown

(2004.1.132)

Gift of Barbara Kawakami

Description

1 obi : silk ; 11.75 x 158 in.

Handwoven silk tapestry honbukuro obi featuring checkerboard design of alternating black and tan squares (3 in.) with pagoda, tea house and trees design in tan squares and brown and green or brown and tan stylized Chinese characters (kanji) in black squares. Design is the same on both sides of the obi. Fabric is tubular (no side seams).

History
Belonged to Ayako Kikugawa, picture bride, 1918. T'ang dynasty period and Persian influences. Fuku-jyu (happiness) design.

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