Antique Japanese Horse Cover, "Uma-No-Haragake", Meiji Period

This type of haragake is called yuiage ("tied up"). The central portion covered the belly of the horse and the long panels divided in two at both ends, which were tied on the back and left hanging along the flanks. Tsutsugaki hand painted paste resist double mon with chrysanthemums on each corner, framed with two borders. Tsutsugaki stripe flaps on both sides. This type of yuiage is still seen on Nambu horses in the annual procession of horses called Chagu Chagu Umakko in the city of Morioka in Iwate. Good condition, colors a little subdued through age. An unusual piece that doesn't come around often.

Cotton, Meiji period, 19th c. 93" wide x 25" deep; lower flap, 12½" long.