Large Edo / Meiji Period, 18th to Mid 19th c. Painted Japanese Shop Sign "Kanban" on Wood
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A a lovely and unique early Japanese shop sign.
We estimate this sign to be late 18th to early 19th c. (Edo or Meiji period). Edo is from 1603 - 1868.
Meiji period begins in 1868.
The sign is in a half-circle shape with hand painted designs and depicts rolling hills lined with blossoming trees among the misty clouds.
During the Edo period a highly fragmented industry of local, family run shops thrived throughout Japan.
And to advertise their business, merchants would display the Kanban that best represented their image and wares.
Kanban's that best exemplified the wares of a particular shop keeper will command very high prices.
Our Kanban exhibits a sense of the serene and the subtle; a style the Japanese aesthetic is so recognized for.
Length: 54 1/4"
Height: 27 1/4"
Depth: 2 1/4"5
Minor surface loss, wood is worn in various places, see photos for complete details.
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