Featuring a magnificent Meiji era(1868-1910)Japanese fukusa which is a two sided square textile used to cover a ceremonial gift in Japan. The fukusa reflects the season and occasion for the gift,the giver's knowledge of social culture and the arts, and the givers inner emotions-emotions that were not often overly displayed in public. Fukusa usually present the recipient of the gift with a challenge as well: to decipher which cultural traditions the designs refer to. Fukusa were made for very specific gift giving occasions and used by the Japanese aristocracy and were always returned to the giver. Apparently, here is one that got away from the giver. It is most esoteric in design, with 2 Manchurian cranes, and the 3 friends of winter(bamboo, prunus(plum), and pine), all surrounded by a huge sun with a design on it. The 3 friends of winter reflect the interests of the literati class. The back is with the mon(similar to a coat of arms) for the aristocratic family that used this Fukusa to cover gifts. The technique used to make this is not only unique, but also of the finest quality in textile weaving and would be prohibitive to produce today. I do not know the exact technique, but do know that it is of the finest workmanship. It measures 28" high and 24 " wide. It is in excellent condition considering the age,the middle of the Meiji era. There are some minor loose threads on the mon, and a minor spot on the front that looks like a piece of tape that left a spot. Return privilege, providing item returned in sent condition within 3 days of having received item and sent back in original packaging. Postage/insurance extra. Sales tax collected if sold in New York state unless valid tax number and resale form provided.