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Japanese Antique Fireman's Kimono

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1910: Item # 1027092
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Japanese antique fireman's kimono or under kimono, made of asa (hemp) with a wonderful all over design of fireman's standards over a chain link motif. The design is done in a paste resist then dyed a very dark almost black indigo, chain link pattern is dyed gray, the individual fireman's standards are resist areas that have been outlined in ink. A large gourd shaped mon on the back has characters and edges that have been painted in red, probably stating the company name or the fireman's family name or both. A really unusual and beautiful piece. Meiji/Taisho Period. Size: 46" high x 48" wide Which ever fire company put out the fire first would claim the reward from the property owner so firemen displayed large three dimensional banners with the company name at the fire site. This usually meant standing on the roof with the company standard while the fire was still burning.