The phoenix design on kimono is very rare and an auspicious symbol. In Japan, Ho-o, the mythical Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the imperial household, particularly the empress. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations. Mukai-ho-o and karabana flowers are art deco, auspicious motifs. Resembling auspicious motifs frequently used in China, the birds have the vivid color of pheasants and the ribbon-like tails of magpies, yet the dominance of cherry blossoms firmly places the scene in Japan.
Silk kuro kimono with creamy white phoenix birds and flower scrolls on inside and outside of proper right and left front panels near hem. Lined with red silk in half of front panels, three-quarters of back panels and sleeve interior. Kamon (family crest) are located center back below collar, and front chest. They are mon of Mimura family. Mimura Iechika was a daimyo of Japan following the Sengoku period of the 16th century. Family's headquarters are traced down to the Matsuyama Castle. Unique and authentic silk crepe motifs, plain woven, with hand-painted in traditional rice-paste resist outlining (yūzen). The inherent qualities of the materials, such as the plain woven silk, and techniques, such as the long floating satin stitch embroidery, used on this kimono increase the reflection of light and lend great radiance to the auspicious landscape.
This is a collectors’ item, authentic and unique. Many different factors determine prices. First: age, rarity, and condition. Second: aesthetics. Since in Japan the best kimono have always been considered textile art, kimono prices can vary as much as do prices on paintings. Thus, beautiful, rare and vintage kimono command a premium. DISCLOSURE : All Japanese kimono are authentic, made in Japan and acquired by my family assisted by a Japanese specialist.
Condition: The item is in excellent condition for age. Exquisite time patina and its rare theme make this kimono more desirable and collectible. Provenance: a vintage kimono shop nearby Fukuoka, Japan.
Total length (shoulder to hem): 59” (150 cm).
Each sleeve’s length: 19” (48 cm).
Back width : 24” (61 cm).
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