Original World's Columbian Exposition Award Presented to Jiubei Komatsu, Oita, Japan
Award Presented to 'Jiubei Komatsu, Oita, Japan'
'Exhibit: Grass Matting' [Tatami]
'For novelty in weaving with special twists, strength and artisitic qualities combined.'
Award measures 58.5 x 44.5cm. Mounted on contemporary scroll measuring 123 x 56.5cm.
Clearly unique. The World's Columbian Exposition (so named because it was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the new world) was held from May to October, 1893 in Chicago. One would assume Mr. Komatsu had his award mounted on the scroll in Japan at some point in order to display it.
In good condition. Some creasing to award (which may explain why it was mounted). General age wear. One of the end knobs (jiku) is missing. Rolls up nicely.