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 to which the designs refer. Fukusa were made for very specific gift giving occasions, used by the Japanese aristocracy and were always returned to the giver. This fukusa depicts 2 Manchurian cranes, the 3 friends of winter(bamboo, prunus(plum), and pine), with a background of a huge sun with further detailing on sun. The 3 friends of winter reflect the interests of the literati class. The back is with an aristocratic mon(similar to a coat of arms). 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. Dimensions: 28" high and 24" wide. Date: last quarter of the 19th century. Excellent condition considering the age. Minor loose threads on the mon, and a minor spot on the front that may have been from a piece of tape. 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.