Japanese silk embroidery decorated with a Chin dog detailed in fine silk threads on a pale blue background with original wood frame, late Meiji period (1868-1912).
The Japanese Chin also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility. The dogs have a dot or a line on their forehead, which is associated with the touch of Buddha. While most believe that the source breed for the Japanese Chin originated in China, the route by which the Chin arrived in Japan is a widely debated topic. One story claims that the dogs were given to the Japanese royalty in AD 732 as gifts from the rulers of Korea. Others maintain that they were given as gifts to the Empress of Japan as early as the middle of the sixth century or by the seventh century.
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