This Japanese vintage cloisonne dragon on curled bronze obidome is on a new obijime cord. An obi-dome is a decorative piece that is placed on an obijime cord which is wrapped around and tired over the Obi over a kimono. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an objime such as a in style of a boa, or as the main pendant on a necklace. It is a sash clip on a sash cord which is used as decoration around the obi of a kimono, but can be used in other ways in modern kimono dressing. It is a very very fine and rare piece, and the only cloisonne on bronze obidome we have seen. It is tied deeply to Japanese culture.
It was made about 70 years ago in the 1940's, it is near antique age. It is very finely handmade by a craftsman. The dragon is made very delicately, in pretty cloisonne colors of white, blues, red and green with black eyes, The dragon even has a few clouds surrounding it, so it is called an Unryu, -ryu being the word for dragon, or a dragon in the clouds. In addition to the delicate and detailed cloisonne work of the dragon, it has extremely detailed metal work around the edges and the back, and while it has lovely patina with a few black spots, the metalwork is in fine condition. It is a wonderful piece and probably not something one would come across everyday in Japanese vintage and antiques. It has a loss of enamel a bit on the front surface but no real damage, a great old Japanese obidome.
The lime green obijime cord picks up the small area of lime green cloisonne in a wonderful manner. We purchased obijime to go with all our obidome especially to help those who were not used to obidome and for whom it is a new concept, and to help match up the smaller sizes to fit, which this one is. The obijime cord had to be cut to go through the prongs as all of them have been and many dealers in Japan assured me this happens all the time, we left it uncut on one end. It can be re-shredded but we will leave that up to the buyer and Sharon is not the best seamstress in the world. My best guess is it will slowly do so itself and will need a reinforcement stitch on the end. This obidome requires an obijime of the 'sanbu-himo' size. The sanbu himo is 9cm wide and 2cm thick or less. If not worn as an obiome, it can be pinned to just about anything. A great great old Japanese piece. We have other lovely obidome each with a different type stone, all can be seen at once by searching on the word 'obidome' in the search bar. The 100% silk cord should be hand washed or wiped clean with something organic and not too much dampness.
Please see our many other obidome, easiest to find at once by using the search term obidome from the search box
Obidome: Width: 1 7/8 inches, 47.6 mm; Height: 1 1/4 inches, 31.7 mm
Obijime cord: Standard Length: Between 45-49" or 114- 124 cm, some was trimmed. 9 mm wide or larger, 3 mm 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; is 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 the law, so they started making obidomes as described. I have many ideas about other things I would like to create with 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.
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