The design of this kimono illustrates the close connection between painting and textile arts that exists in Japan. The surface of the garment has acted as a kind of hanging scroll for the creation of a hand-painted and dyed image of cranes among pines and plum blossoms. Touches of embroidery have been used to highlight the crests of the birds and parts of the pine boughs.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1860/1900
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 157 cm, Width: 127 cm
  • Provenance: Murray Bequest
  • Medium: Silk crêpe, painted, dyed, partly embroidered, lined with silk

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