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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed cotton

  • Museum number:

    T.213-1964

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This length of cotton fabric may once have formed part of a bedding cover, or futonji, created to celebrate a wedding. The motif of a ship's anchor symbolised the desire for stability in the marriage. The anchor image was also used in Izumo, on the Japan Sea coast of western Honshu (the main island of Japan), on nappies given by the child's maternal grandparents. Here the motif was symbolic of longevity, of 'anchoring' one's life. The fabric is now mounted as a decorative scroll.

Physical description

Fragment of cotton with free-hand paste resist decoration (tsutsugaki) of an anchor, and mounted as a scroll.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1800-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed cotton

Dimensions

Length: 158.5 cm scroll, Width: 42.5 cm, Width: 42 cm scroll, Length: 43.4 cm textile, Width: 30 cm textile, Length: 64 in, Width: 16.75 in

Descriptive line

Tex, Japan, resist-dyed. Fragment of cotton with free-hand paste decoration, mounted as a scroll, Japan, 1800-1920

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Resist dyed

Subjects depicted

Anchor

Categories

Textiles; Wall coverings

Collection

East Asia Collection

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