A fabulous early Meiji era silk fukusa with two cranes, pine trees and the brilliant sun, all symbols of longevity and good fortune. Techniques used to create this wonderful fukusa were yuzen resist dying, sumi-e hand painting, free-hand embroidery, and gold foil couching. The cranes’ crests were created with tiny hand embroidered knots. Also worthy of note: The crane’s darker tail feather veining was achieved by intertwining dark brown and dark silvery grey silk satin threads (see photo). On the reverse side is a magnificent family crest with a purple butterfly. The art on the back was every bit as time consuming to achieve as the artwork on the front and was created using the same techniques. The hand loomed silk brocade was dyed benibana red. All four original silk tassels are still intact. A piece of this quality would have been commissioned by very prominent and wealthy family. In excellent condition, it measures 25” wide x 28.5” high.