Antique Authentic Japanese Wall Decoration; Boro Ranru
This one is from my own, personal collection of boro.
• Wonderfully boro, for those of us who are in it for the story told by much-used and much-loved Japanese items.
• I do not know the significance of this item, whether it is related to festival, seasonal, used in a temple, even possibly funeral; no idea.
• As photos show, this decoration is structurally sound, but has various flaws throughout and has shredding to the back silk, resulting from advanced age.
• I cannot remember what this decoration is called; I used to know but have forgotten, so if you know, please message me.
• The frame is blond wood, which is exposed at the top peak and arm tips as seen in photos.
• The peak is slightly separated at the joining of the two pieces, so has a bit of flex, or “play” in it. I do not know if this is intentional.
• The yardstick is only in the photos in an attempt to provide scale; the tips of the tails are approximately 10″ from the floor and this decoration is approximately 61″ long from top peak to the ends of the banners/streamers/tails. From left to right where the wood is exposed, it is 22″.
• The frame is exposed because something used to be there that is now missing, but I’ve no idea what it was.
• I believe one set of the upper banners or tails is missing, upper left as we view the pictures; tiny holes indicate there used to be tacks there (shown in photo collage).
• Reverse side is quite fragile, as seen in photos and is red tissue silk with black shodo Kanji that of course I cannot translate. The red silk has shredding and in some areas, the shodo ink seems to have disintegrated the silk.
• The midsection of the item is lined with something to stiffen it.
• As shown in one of the photo collages, some of the paired tails are attached to each other by way of a small tie thread.
• This is a wonderful item and I believe it to be Meiji Period, or possibly early Taisho. That is my opinion, it is not a fact.
• The likelihood that either of us is going to see another such as this? I don’t think so. The condition of it does not bother me in the slightest, but if it bothers you, PLEASE do not buy it. I believe it to be unique enough to justify both condition and price.
• Shipping is going to be high, possibly. That is because there are no packages ready-made that this will fit in because I refuse to bend it in the middle, where it is designed NOT to bend. I had to construct the package from four Priority Mail boxes; opened their seams and created a package that would accept this piece. If you want it insured, you have to message me before you buy so that I can factor that in. It WILL require a signature upon delivery; I will NOT send it without that requirement in place.
• All photos in collages are saved separately on my computer if you require them.