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  • Place of origin:

    Shimane (prefecture) (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed and woven cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This length of fabric probably formed part of a bedding cover (futonji). It is patterned using a method called kasuri, in which sections of yarn are selectively dyed prior to weaving. A geometric design of a well alternates with a pictorial one of shrimp and bundles of dried abolone strips, or noshi. These latter motifs are auspicious ones, bestowing good fortune on those who slept under the cover. The curve of the shell-fish resembles the hunched back of an elderly person and thus symbolises long-life. The noshi motif derives from a play on words; a homophone of noshi means 'extend' and thus dried abalone strips symbolise extended good fortune, in this case a wish for a prolonged life.

Physical description

Egasuri ('picture kasuri') panel of bast fibre with a design of noshi, shrimp and a well reserved in white on indigo.

Place of Origin

Shimane (prefecture) (made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed and woven cotton


Width: 33.0 cm, Length: 147.3 cm, Length: 58 in, Width: 13 in

Descriptive line

Panel of resist-dyed cotton, Hirose, Shimane Prefecture, Japan, 1800-1900

Production Note

Hirose, Shimane Prefecture, Japan


Cotton (textile)


Resist dyeing

Subjects depicted

Noshi; Shrimp


Textiles; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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