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  • Place of origin:

    Fukuoka (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment would have originally been part of a bedding cover (futon-ji). It depicts a lion-like creature known as a shishi or karashishi (Chinese lion) which are characterised by their fierce expression, prominent eyes and curly manes and tails. Pairs of stone shishi often guard Buddhist temples while in art they are frequently depicted, as here, gambolling among peonies. The shishi symbolises energy and valour while the peony beauty and riches so the combination was considered a very auspicious one. The design was created with a technique knows as ‘kasuri’, which involves the binding of certain sections of yarn prior to dyeing. When the skein is dipped in the dye bath the colour does not penetrate the bound areas, creating a yarn that is partly white and partly coloured. A pattern then emerges as the cloth is woven.

Physical description

Panel from an ikat quilt (futon) cover of indigo cotton dyed with decoration of Chinese lion (karashishi) and peonies.

Place of Origin

Fukuoka (made)


1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed cotton


Length: 37 cm, Width: 30.8 cm, Width: 31 cm, Length: 14.375 in, Width: 12.25 in

Descriptive line

Panel from a resist-dyed cotton quilt (futon) cover, Fukuoka, 1850-1900




Plain weave; Resist dyed

Subjects depicted

Peonies; Shishi


Textiles; Interiors


East Asia Collection

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