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Item:123433564890Offered for sale is a very interesting and possibly rare antique Japanese wall hanging of a smiling female courtesan holding a flower within a landscape scene. The wall hanging is finely embroidered with mostly cotton and some some silk threading. The courtesan's face, hair and hand is entirely of silk. Was once told by a collector that this dates from the Edo period (19th century maybe earlier) What is also interesting is that the wall hanging has been lined on the back with contemporary Japanese newspapers, or kawaraban as its called in Japan. Never seen this before anywhere. The wall hanging seems to be reminiscent of contemporary Japanese prints and paintings by such great artists as Utamaro etc. The wall hanging measures nearly 29 inches long by 25.25 inches wide (or 73.5 cm by 64 cm). In my opinion the wall hanging probably dates from the 19th century, maybe earlier, but I not an expert in this area, so make your own mind up as to age. In my opinion in good original condition considering its age. There are some areas of wear and fading. There is two strings of loose threading, and a few strings of missing threads on the bottom edge of the hanging. However this is doesn't, in my opinion detract from the beauty of the hanging, and is commensurate with age. The courtesan is complete. Please see my other listings of Oriental embroidery from my collection which I am listing tonight. Please note that anything over the value of £60 will be sent by special delivery in the UK. All items sold overseas will be sent by registered mail. Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE CounterRegion of Origin:Japanese, Age:1850-1899, Original/Repro:Antique Original
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Antique Japanese 19Th Century Edo Period Wall Hanging Of A Courtesan