This Kutani-yaki 九谷焼 vintage Japanese porcelain obidome with a silver and rose obijime cord or sash belt has not yet been exactly dated, we believe it is between 30-40 years old, possibly as old as mid-20th century. We will need to get help with the name of the kiln or potter, as seen below the name of Kutani on the back of the piece. An obidome is a decorative piece worn with the obijime cord running through the parts on the back then tied around the obi of the kimono. This porcelain obidome is beautiful.
On white Kutani porcelain which is delicately hand formed, cream and gold highlights are hand painted. On top of that, maroon or red wine and gold trimmed bamboo is painted. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The obijime cord or sash belt is about 50 years old. It too is in good condition. The back of the obidome is signed Kutani with a third mark we need to find, and the box has some additional seals and marks on it, it may be a tomobako. The lettering just above the obidome inside does say Kutani-yaki or Kutani ware. We believe the kiln name is above that. The third mark on the piece is most likely the kiln mark as well. These actually qualify as jewelery and after the category changes, I asked them to add the category Kimono and Accessories, and for now thought they would look good here with the kimono which are also worn by men. One will find that the 9mm by 2mm size obidome clips are actually quite common, yet the obijime sash cord to fit them are hard to find, and why we decided to do this for our customers, including finding silk quality pieces to match the obidome. This has a nice, traditional Kutani hand-painted porcelain design.
Please See our other obidome by searching for 'obidome' in our store as they are in the jewelery category,of all materials, motifs and colors. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
Sizing: Obidome: Length 1.6" or 4.06 cm, Height 0.9" or 2.28 cm, Thickness 0.3" or 0.76 cm
Obijime cord length: Approx 4.9 ft., and 9mm wide and 2mm thick.
Obidome 帯ドーム Obi dōmu
An obidome is a decorative item worn over the obi which is tied around the kimono. A long tie called an obijime of various materials, sizes and colors depending on the fitting size on the obidome is threaded through the two loops on the back. The obijime is then tied around to the back of the obi. Obidomes such as the ones we have are usually worn with casual kimono. For formal kimono, obidome made of jewelry such as the sterling and pearl one we have; are worn. Obidomes are beautiful items and can be carved out of materials such as wood, bone, ivory, coral or jade; or a metal fitting is made to hold the obidome cabochon stones, like those we have. In the old days of the Edo period, women would wear the samurai's katana from their swords as their obidome. At the turn of the century this became against the law, so they started making obidomes as described. I have ideas about other things I would like to create with the obidome.
The Obijime Cord or belt sash:
An obidome is a decorative piece worn at the waist over an obi on the kimono. An obijime cord runs through the hand formed settings on the back, then this is wrapped around and tied over the Obi worn around the waist over a kimono. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an obijime such as on boa styled necklace, or as the main pendant on a necklace. Or, it can be pinned to anything, including a scarf. A new idea I just had was to use silk Japanese material as a belt not an Obi then wrap the obidome and obijime around that. This would look great with certain outfits. So excited! Our first new/ old set of obijime came in. These age to between 20-50 years old per the seller. Some may have stains, but so far not too bad. We chose what we felt were the best fit color wise for what we have. In order to fit them on most of the obidome we had to/ will have to cut the frayed ends off, which the ladies from Japan assured me happens all the time. So, we are leaving as is an up to you whether to end-cap or fray them again! Most of them are approximately 45 long, some a few cm shorter, all of them are 9mm wide and 2mm thick. They are all silk so research and care should be taken before cleaning.
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