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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain weave crepe silk, with hand-painting, stencil-dyeing and touches of embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The design of this kimono illustrates the close connection between painting and textile arts that exists in Japan. The surface of the garment has acted as a kind of hanging scroll for the creation of a hand-painted and dyed image of cranes among pines and plum blossoms. Touches of embroidery have been used to highlight the crests of the birds and parts of the pine boughs.

Physical description

Kimono of sage green silk crêpe, hand-painted and stencil-dyed with and image of cranes under blossoms and pines. There are touches of embroidery across pines and on the crests of the birds. Lining of white silk, with lower lining of monochrome patterned pale green silk painted and dyed with design of rippling water and maple leaves.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1860-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plain weave crepe silk, with hand-painting, stencil-dyeing and touches of embroidery


Length: 157 cm, Width: 127 cm

Descriptive line

Kimono, plain weave crepe silk, hand-painted with touches of embroidery with a scene of crane under bamboo and plum blossom, Japan, 1860-1900


Silk crepe


Resist-dyed; Painted; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Crane (bird); Pine; Flower (plum)


Clothing; Textiles


East Asia Collection

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