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Ducks by a river bank

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  • Description

    This deceptively simple-looking embroidery uses highly sophisticated needlework to depict the ducks’ feathers, their webbed feet, the grassy river bank, and the flowing river water. Swimming ducks were a popular motif on the decorative arts of this period, not least because the underwater sections of the ducks offered excellent opportunities for craftsmen to display their technical skills. A metalwork example [EA1956.1787] is also shown here. (Exhibition number 9)

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKyōto prefecture Kyoto (probable place of creation)
    Europe (original location)
    late 19th century - early 20th century
    Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
    Material and technique
    silk, satin woven, dyed black, and embroidered with coloured silk
    frame 60.1 x 57.4 x 5 cm (height x width x depth)
    textile 72 x 67 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 9 November 2012-27 January 2013, Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan, Clare Pollard, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 9 p. 100, illus. pp. 98-100

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