Stunning Vintage Japanese Bamboo Parasol made from bamboo and hand painted paper.
Beautiful details to the canopy, with detailed edges. This is a little different to the usual parasol as to its design and condition and more importantly it’s age, as it’s over 100 years old
Overall length; 20”
Parasol canopy; 32”
The item was part of a private country house collection, and previously stored in exceptional conditions, but it requires a little work. Perfectly acceptable and in usable condition presently, it could use a little attention.
Wagasa (和傘), literally Japanese umbrellas, are the bamboo and paper parasols you may have seen protecting middle-aged lords and their retinues in Japanese period dramas or being clasped by geisha in ukiyo-e woodblock prints!
First introduced to Japan from China during the Heian Period (794-1185), wagasa are an instantly recognizable element of traditional Japanese art and culture. Wagasa were initially used to shield the upper classes from sunlight and those ever-present, ever-meddling evil spirits – which is why they were often red, a spiritually significant color. But the purpose and culture of wagasa slowly morphed and adapted over the subsequent millennium resulting in the beautiful works of art we see today
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