This is an Edo Period, silk brocade-woven, Japanese fukusa, Circa 1790. Unusual in nature, It prominently features two family crests (also known as mon)- one from the Nabeshima family; the other from the Mizuhiki. The Nabeshima family is part of a samurai kin group. During the Edo period, the domain they controlled became quite famous for the porcelain wares (known as Nabeshima wares) that they produced. The underlying kamon, the Nabeshima family crest is beautifully rendered here with gold metallic thread that has been directly woven into a geometric fabric of blue and green hues. As a result, it is presumed that the Nabeshima family was bearing the gift that this fukusa would have so ornately covered. The Mizuhiki crest depicts two intertwined cranes handsomely embroidered via silk satin stitch with brick stitch adornments. Placed atop of the Nabeshima mon, one can assume that the Mizuhiki family received the gift. This fukusa has been lightly padded, and has a crimson silk crepe backing/edging. Please note, there is some slight soiling, silk breakdown and loss of thread commensurate with age. Additionally, a few small holes appear on the edging and the four tassels used for removing the fukusa from the gift are missing. Please see photos for more detail.
Dimensions: 25" X 25"
18th C. Edo Period Japanese Silk Brocade-Woven Double Crane Fukusa
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