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OBIDOME (LOTS 1858 TO 1868)
"Obidome are small ornaments worn over the sash of a woman's kimono. The subject matters of the obidome decoration range from Chinese and Japanese classical subjects to abstract designs -- later, even Western subject matters were adopted.
The emergence of the obidome is said to date back to the Meiji period (1868-1912). It was at this time that the feudal samurai government was defeated, and the artisans who made the ornaments for swords and armour lost their jobs. Thus they found their way in obidome.
The detailed ornamentation is not only on the front but also on the back of the obidome. The material used for obidome ranges from gold, silver, jade, ivory, coral, and shell to celluloid. The meticulous work which can be found on obidome demonstrates the unbroken tradition of craftsmanship from the Edo period."
Hiroko Kidoh, Beautiful Japanese Traditions, Obidome, Tokyo, 2003, p.295