Panel, probably from a boy’s kimono
Cotton
Paste resist, dyes, pigments, hand painted

Compare the tortoises above, probably painted around the turn of the 20th century, to the two pages below, taken from a design book dated 1846.

Note that the two tortoises in the design book differ only very slightly from the two tortoises on the kimono. Little besides the position of the left tortoise’s head has been changed.

The 1846 design book hints at the water that the tortoises stand in, while on another page of the same book, the artist has drawn bold swirls of blue currents. The painter of the kimono seems to have combined the tortoises from one page and the swirls from the second design to create a single design for the kimono.

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