Central Piece for Obi
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Central Piece for Obi19th century - early 20th century
Wood with lacquer
1 3/16 in. x 13/16 in. x 3/8 in. (3 cm x 2 cm x 1 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2004.3.8.a-b
Geography: Asia, Japan
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Adornments
This object has the following keywords:
- Asian - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
- Japanese - Nationality, periods, cultures, and styles found in Japan, either in historical times or in the present.
- lacquer - Paint, varnish, or another material applied by coating, made of the resinous exudation of certain trees or from insects, and that dries with a high gloss or matte finish. In most lacquers resin is dissolved in a volatile solvent or a drying oil and hardens by evaporation. Lacquer may be applied in many layers, so the thick surface may be set with inlays or carved.
- obis - Sashes of varying widths and sometimes stiffened, tied around the waist in intricate patterns of bows and knots usually at the back, but also in front, worn over a kimono; also, similar sashes worn for fashionable dress.
- ornaments - Decorative forms or embellishments that are an integral part of a building or object but are not essential to its structure. Refers also to decorative objects attached to or worn by humans and animals. For objects signifying an honor bestowed upon an individual, usually worn on the person, see "decorations." Regarding techniques of embellishment in general, see "decoration (process)."
- wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
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