Irises on Banded Ground

Mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin (kakishibu), and silk threads (itoire) | mid 18th - early 19th century

Unknown Maker

Iris (shobu) is a popular motif in Japan. The alternating banded ground in an elongated checkered board pattern illustrates the ground in light and dark zones.

Credit: Gift of Helen Snyder
Object: 1976-103-34

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