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kimono

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1987,1005.1

  • Description

    Unlined gauze kimono with tiniest pattern imaginable dyed in grey on white ground. There are three crests (mon), based on the paulownia, on reverse: one on the back and one on each sleeve. The collar is lined with deep violet crepe silk, and the same silk has been used to bind the small openings underneath the sleeves.

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  • Date

    • 1900-1950
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 147 centimetres
    • Width: 122.5 centimetres
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1987

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1987,1005.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 87JP057
Unlined gauze kimono with tiniest pattern imaginable dyed in grey on white ground. There are three mon, based on the paulownia, on reverse: one on the back and one on each sleeve. The collar is lined with deep violet crepe silk, and the same silk has been used to bind the small openings underneath the sleeves.

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Unlined gauze kimono with tiniest pattern imaginable dyed in grey on white ground. There are three mon, based on the paulownia, on reverse: one on the back and one on each sleeve. The collar is lined with deep violet crepe silk, and the same silk has been used to bind the small openings underneath the sleeves.

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