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What is this?

Sheet of layered paper with design of horizontal bands of tightly curled linear swirls resembling water or smoke currents held together with fibers of silk or human hair.

This is a stencil from Japan. Gift of Helen Snyder. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

mulberry paper, lacquer made from persimmon juice, silk thread

Its dimensions are

26.8 x 44.1 cm (10 9/16 x 17 3/8 in.)

Helen Snyder was the donor of this object.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18489645/ |title=Stencil, "Kata-gami: Water or Smoke Currents" |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=20 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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