SOLD: Ainu Man’s Robe, Japan

Ainu people, Hokkaido, Japan
19th century
Attush (inner bark from an elm tree) with cotton applique and embroidery
50 inches (w) x 43 inches (h)

The patterns around the openings and edges of the robe are believed by the Ainu to protect the wearer from evil gods, which can enter the garment through openings.
This is an early and wonderful example of its type.

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