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    A Japanese Katagami with Celestial Dragon Motif, Meiji Period, circa 1890
    45 inches high x 54 inches wide (114.3 x 137.2 cm) (framed)
    An extremely rare antique Japanese katagami of a celestial Dragon rising
    from a primordial sea with swirling winds and crashing waves. Katagami are made of a many layered 'washi', an organic handmade paper
    from the mulberry plant (famed as the food of silk worms) that is then treated with tannin for strength and resilience. The artist then cautiously cuts his silhouette with very fine, razor sharp knives. A weave of the finest silk mesh is then applied to the surface to secure the design elements in place. Katagami are the fine art to the extraordinary resist dye craftsmanship of Kyoto-Yeusen, Japan's most refined textile art form. Most examples that have survived the process of applying paste to create Kimono's painterly design are about 1/3 the size of this example and usually are of a repetitive pattern. This dynamic image is unique and likely the commission of a very prominent family.


    Condition Report*: In apparently good condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th-10th Friday-Sunday
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