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Asian Straw: Spirit and Symbols
1998_111.jpg - 21330 BytesShimenawa are sacred rice-straw rope. They are made to mark the sacred from the profane. In Japan you will often find a rock in a lake that has sacred rope around it. This marked rock is believed to be a sacred space or habitat of the gods.

Often more elaborate ropes are made to be placed on gates or doors of temples. This has developed into a folk art of some renown in Japan.

This Shimenawa was created by folk artist Honma Sakuzo of Yamagata, Japan.
1998_111c2.jpg - 19824 BytesThis close-up gives us a view of the traditional rice-straw rope and the tassels that accompany them.

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This close-up shows the intricacies of the Shimenawa and is a trademark of Sakuzo's work. Although a difficult section to make, it has the pure and simple lines that make this Shimenawa so beautiful.

This piece is a gift of Ted Cohen.



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