Antique Japanese kimono made of chirimen silk died black with a dramatic paste resist and painted design depicting a group of shōjō. The red-haired mythical fairies that live in the sea are shown drinking sake from a large jar. They have long handled ladles and red sake bowls. They are dressed in beautifully patterned robes. The shōjō characters are made famous by the Noh play with the same name and a folklore tale of a man who comes across them while looking for a sip of sake, his father’s dying wish. In the story, the magical sake cures the old man. The kimono has a family crest (mon) and is lined in red silk.
Age: Taisho Period (early 20th century)
Dimensions: 63 1/4″ high x 47″ wide