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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1920: Item # 100826

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Elegant Old Silk Fukusa, a Gift Cover
This type of fukusa is a cover placed over a gift at the time of a gift-giving ceremony such as "Yui-noh" which is prior to a wedding. It has a peaceful, ordinary outside view seen through an elegant blind (shown at the top) and a silk room divider (left side) which are both remainders of the Heian Court (794-1160). Cranes and plums represent longevity, harmony and women’s beauty along with their strength. Combined with a gold bag and mallet of Dai-koku symbolizing wealth, there is no need for spoken words wishing for a new couple's bright future when the gift is presented.

Yuzen dye (paste resist)is used for the design, accented with embroideries on “kabe oriEfabric. The back side is red Chirimen crepe silk. From the Meiji to Taisho period, 1868 - 1930. Dimensions: 30 1/2" x 28 1/2"



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