No date (circa1940). Stock ID #163411
Coloured printed cloth furoshiki, some insect damage causing loss in two areas, otherwise good. Furoshiki wrapping cloths have a very long history in Japan, where they were commonly used to carry belongings such as packed lunches, books, writing equipment and other items. In the 1920s and 1930s they increasingly became an art form created using using precise multi-color dyeing, and were sometimes used to advertise goods. After the Manchurian Incident of 1931, furoshiki with military images such as maps of battle areas, and images of tanks, planes and warships became increasingly common. These were Sometimes given to soldiers as momentos of joining the army, returning from the front or demobilisation. This furoshiki shows a map of Korea, Manchuria and eastern China with rail and road links, images of weaponry, a helmet, warplanes and a military train, together with a large image of the Great Wall of China. It is labelled "momento" (kinen), and bears a faded inscription and number in the lower right hand corner. In the words of one Japanese furoshiki collector, "Furoshiki were effective as a means to enhance a sense of solidarity and a sense of unity." (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163411).
Price: $295.00 AU