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Traditional Japanese Large Handcrafted Brocade Silk Decorative Art, circa 2000

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This is a large captivating one-of-a-kind oshie piece, a Japanese traditional decorative art with a “yoroi” or “samurai armor” design. It depicts a highly decorated Japanese armor, and demonstrates the Fine materials and the attention to details that go into creating oshie wall decorations. The artist has used exquisite antique silk brocades and fabric to recreate this exceptional piece in oshie form. All of the geometric patterns in red on the side and the bottom of the yoroi, and all the intricate details in red throughout, are done using silk thread. The geometric patterns were created by painstakingly wrapping red silk thread around blocks covered with thick black kimono fabric, making sure they are tightly aligned to create squares, rectangles and lines. Yoroi is armor worn by high-ranking samurai on horseback in Japan’s feudal age. Its box shape and the heavy weight due to the decorations did not allow much movement. Yoroi is covered with hundred of small iron or leather scales laced together using leather cords or braided silk. Differences in color, design and lacing served as identifying markers for individual clans. “Kabuto” or “helmet”, one of the yoroi components, served to protect and to impress. Like yoroi, it was decorated with colorful scales, and was often adorned with a family crest and wooden or deer horns. “Oshie” (literally, “pressed pictures”) is a traditional Japanese art form dating back to Edo period (1603-1868), and is said to have been born of the reluctance of ladies of the court to discard the magnificent silk kimonos and brocaded obi they have donned for a life time. The solution was to transform these opulent fabrics into stunning works of art. Oshie resembles a carefully crafted jigsaw puzzle consisting of numerous pieces of kimono fabric padded with slightly varying thickness of cotton and painstakingly glued and ironed together to create an incredible three-dimensional picture. Highly detailed oshie contain hundreds of tiny pieces that are expertly aligned to express subtle gradations of color and pattern, as well as light and shade. In the final process, the details are characterized by painting and shading, and facial features are painted in miniature-like exactitude. This large Oshie piece is the work of a life-long oshie artist who prides herself in the selection of the best available antique and vintage kimono and obi fabrics to recreate well-known Japanese paintings. This Oshie handcrafted piece comes in a fine custom-made lacquer frame in black. Dimensions: H 33.5 in, W 22 in, D 2 in.

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    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
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  • Dimensions
    H 33.5 in. x W 22 in. x D 2 in.H 85.09 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU2771313722771
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As a premiere resource for the finest contemporary hand-painted porcelain of Japan, Exquisite Classics takes pride in presenting the work of leading contemporary artists who are carrying forward Japan’s rich porcelain heritage. With an uncompromising dedication to excellence and the highest artistic standards, Exquisite Classics showcases a carefully curated collection of unique and exceptional porcelain pieces, crafted and hand-painted by Japan’s highly acclaimed master porcelain artists and “Living National Treasures.” These artists' work have found homes in many exceptional settings, including Japan’s Imperial Household and National Guest House, and in royal palaces in various parts of the world.

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