Japanese "Tales of Genji" silk fukusa for tea ceremony or wall decor. Tales of Genji was written by the noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century. Traditionally, in the Edo period gifts were wrapped in silk cloths. This textile cover is called a ‘fukusa’. Traditionally in Japan, gifts were placed in a box on a tray, over which a fukusa was draped. The choice of a fukusa appropriate to the occasion was an important part of the gift-giving ritual. The richness of the decoration was an indication of the donor’s wealth, and the quality of the design evidence of his or her taste and sensibility. For tea ceremony fukusa were/are used to purify tea utensils. This piece of textile art is hand painted in ink technique on silk with the reverse side of red woven silk.
Pictured tea set is not included in this sale.
Condition: Excellent vintage for age. Some foxing spots which are inherent with silk and long age, but they only make this vintage piece more valuable and authentic. Provenance: Kyoto, Japan.
Size: 25 x 25 inches (63 x 63 cm). Price adjusted with the condition.
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