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Surcoat

Japan (1800s)

Maroon-colored wool, with cloth appliqué & brocade. Long, front-opening coat with single button & tab, extending to mid-thigh, with single vent in rear, and upstanding . Sleeveless, with deep arm openings, & wide shoulders with broad yellow epaulettes having red wool & gold thread overlay in zig-zag pattern. Edges trimmed with blue, & having white cherry blossoms. Blue & grey floral print brocade lining. Centered between shoulders is embroidered white flowery diamond ("hanabishi") as used by the Ouchi and Inoue clans.