A Hand Painted Fragment of a Child's Kimono: Hand Plied Hemp or Ramie
mid to late nineteenth century
19 1/2" x 20", 49.5 cm x 51 cm
This is a small fragment from a delicately hand painted, 19th century hand plied hemp or ramie child's kimono. It shows what appear to be wayside cottages tucked into an pastoral landscape with gently swelling hills in the distance. Much of the hand painted detail which once existed on the areas of the cottages and trees is lost to time, but enough remains to satisfy the eye.
On the top, center of each of the panels is a fairly large family crest in the shape of a stylized paulownia. The large size of the crest indicates that this kimono could have been made at the end of the Edo period, before 1868, when crests on kimono were larger than in the coming eras.
A marvelous fragment of old cloth with a great deal of visual interest, graceful rendering and wonderful age and history.