Japanese Embroidered Hanging
Japanese Embroidered Hanging
Japanese Embroidered Hanging
Japanese Embroidered Hanging
Japanese Embroidered Hanging

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Japanese Embroidered Hanging
1880's

Depictions of cockerels and hens are quite common in Japanese embroideries.  The cock symbolises good fortune. Cocks and hens symbolise conjugal felicity and are often permitted to run free amongst the Shinto temples. Made for the export market where there was a huge demand for Oriental art during the late 19th century, the late Meiji period.

Description

with eight cockerels and hens, tail feathers in full splendour, their vermillion cockscombs       stunning amongst the largely sepia, beige, cream, brown and grey land, the sea and rocky outcrops behind,  tumbling white wisteria above, with clumps of dandellion and small flowers, their feathers and 46 x 57 in; 1.17 x  1.46 m w.

Condition

The very edge has loose threads which could be tidied. The very bottom of the hanging has some staining and more loose threads.  If this piece was put in a frame these would not show.

Comments

Threads of Silk and Gold. Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan by Hiroko T McDermott & Clare Pollard.

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