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Hand Painted & Embroidered Silk Fukusa, Turtle & Waves, Misako

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1920: Item # 1299417

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A Minogame Sea Turtlestands resolute on a boulder amidst churning waves staring out to sea at a grass script poem brushed deftly in the distance and signed Misako. This is possibly the female poet and scholar Kokubun Misako (no dates) active from the later Meiji period through the early post-war years who served at Waseda University around the turn of the century.
Yorozuyono yo wa hi Kasanete
Kamenoko no ikuyashi hawa kono
Sakae miru ramu
As infinite days are evidenced in the deep wrinkles of the Sea Turtle’s back
Let the prosperity of this family be so evidenced in generations to come.
The rocks, waves and poem are all handpainted on the smooth silk, the turtle embroidered in green, black, couched silver and couched gold thread. It is 25 x 26-1/2 inches (63.5 x 68 cm) and is in overall fine condition. There is a small stain to the right of the poem above the rock. The image is backed in crimson silk with white tassels securing the corners. This came from the same house as several of the other Fukusa we are listing.
Fukusa were used to cover gifts in the Japanese tradition. This was likely given during a marriage ceremony.