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An elegant black lacquer gunpai (General's war fan) Edo period, 19th century


Late Edo era (1840-1868) | A fine, sheer antique late Edo uchikake with embroidered and painted cranes, pine, bamboo, plum blossom and ‘minogame’ turtle. The trio of plum blossom, bamboo and pine are considered in Japan as the ‘three friends of winter’ who are faithful to each other during difficult times; they traditionally represent the season winter when used on art such as this wedding garment. Pine, turtle and crane: these together symbolize longevity and good luck.

Close up details of kimono and underlay.

Kosode with plums,cranes,symbols of gifts Edo period

Samurai wearing full armor and holding a muchi (whip).

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