This is a rare and truly masterpiece of weaving textile Japanese art. Discovered and acquired nearby Asuka-dera, a Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan, this obi depicts a beautiful combination of all auspicious and Japanese Buddhist motifs. The Dharma wheel (Dharmachakra) with its 3 swirling segments in center representing the Buddha, Dharma (the teachings) and Sangha (the spiritual community). The Japanese Dragon which is traditionally associated with the Buddhist temples and the Phoenix or the Ho-o, symbol of fire, sun and obedience (usually related to the Empress). Asuka-dera temple was dedicated in year 596. Legend has it that "a purple cloud descended from the sky and covered the pagoda as well as the Buddha hall; then the cloud became five-colored and assumed the shape of a dragon and phoenix". That particular representation is depicted on our very rare obi.
At one time, even the most magnificent obi in Japan had only one purpose: to tie a kimono. Today, however, people everywhere are discovering the almost unlimited decorative potential of the obi. With your own special obi, you can add the flair of your personality to just about anything in the home. They are elegant as table runners and wall hangings.
Condition: excellent vintage. Silk and wool woven in the Nishijin style. All handmade/handwoven. Made in Japan. Obi has not been cleaned or repaired. Obi's provenance is Nara, Japan.
Dimensions: 140 inches (11.6 ft) Long x 12.5 inches Wide (355 cm/3.55 meters x 31.75 cm).
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