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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) on a pine branch

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  • Description

    The range of textures and colours in this depiction of a preening jay on a gnarled pine branch gives the embroiderers an excellent opportunity to display their skills. The markings on this bird are closer to the Eurasian Jay than the Japanese Jay. The design may have been found in some book of foreign book of birds, or the embroiderer may simply have adapted the colour scheme for effect. (Exhibition number 11)

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    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 light-brown, and embroidered with coloured silk
    frame 71.5 x 68.5 x 5 cm (height x width x depth)
    textile 61.5 x 58.5 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. 11 p. 104, illus. pp. 40 & 104

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