The combination of delicate embroidery and dark satin fabric gives this kimono a striking, lustrous appearance. The design of paired ducks is a symbol of marital harmony, so this garment may have been part of a wedding trousseau. The kimono was brought back to Britain by John Bonham-Carter, who visited Japan in 1881-2.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1820/1860
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 183 cm including collar, Width: 126 cm across sleeves
  • Medium: Satin weave silk (<i>shu</i>) with embroidery in silk and metallic thread

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