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miniature Gion festival float
  • Japan
  • miniature Gion festival float, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kyoto, Japan
  • wood, cloth, paint, string, nylon?, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 11 x 4 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0142

A miniature float consisting of a small rectangular box on a raised platform of small wooden beams that are painted black with gold tips. The legs have a skirt of tan cloth and the sides of the box are covered in red cloth with a gold band at the top below another band of black, gold, and white fabric. The red panel has rectangular inserts of off-white fabric with a large floral print in gold, red, and blue. There are small white tassels at each corner and the top surface is red. On top of the float there is a male figure that has a green and brown robe over dark blue pants and a flat, light brown hat. He is standing under a red umbrella and stands in front of a green fir tree in a red base.

This object is similar to a float used in the Gion Festival.