‘Komochi-Fuji’ (wisteria) inside the ‘Bundou’ (Balance weight) surrounded by ‘Botan’ (Peony)

‘Komochi-Fuji’ (wisteria) inside the ‘Bundou’ (Balance weight) surrounded by ‘Botan’ (Peony)

Brief description
‘Komochi-Fuji’ (wisteria) inside the 'Bundou' (Balance weight) surrounded by 'Botan' (Peony) Katagami stencil design, 1828 - 1850
Dimensions
height: 260mm
width: 415mm
Person
Shimamura (嶋村)
Caption
Katagami stencil depicting ‘Komochi-Fuji’ (wisteria) inside 'Bundou' (Balance weight) surrounded by 'Botan' (Peony). Each element has a meaning related to a good omen and signifies good luck to come. The 'Bundou' (Balance weight) represents treasure, ‘Komochi-Fuji’ (wisteria) has seasonal significance as well as being a symbolic metaphor for virtues such as longevity, rejuvenation and resilience. 'Botan' (Peony) symbolizes blooming beauty, happiness and wealth, because it develops into a beautiful large flower of large wheels from a small round bud. This is one of around 400 Japanese katagami stencils which are part of the Silver Studio Collection. The stencils were produced in Japan as a way of applying patterns to fabric, mainly kimonos. The katagami collected by the Silver Studio were used by their designers as reference material to produce their own Japanese-inspired patterns.
Date
1828 - 1850
Type
Katagami stencil
Name
K2.7