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Length

Length

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed and stencilled cotton

  • Museum number:

    T.134-1968

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This length of cotton fabric was once part of a a bedding cover, or futonji, created to celebrate a marriage. Such textiles were decorated with auspicious images chosen to bestow good fortune on the newly-wed couple. This fabric is patterned with the image of a tortoise. In Japn this animal is a symbol of longevity and is believed to carry good wishes on its back.

Physical description

Length of cotton fabric for a ceremonial wedding bedding (futon) cover with free-hand paste-resist decoration (tsutsugaki) of three roundels. One containing bamboo, second tortoise and the third mandarin flowers, all stencilled in grey, pink, white and pale blue on indigo dyed ground.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1800-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed and stencilled cotton

Dimensions

Length: 138.5 cm, Width: 31.7 cm, Width: 31 cm, Length: 52.5 in, Width: 1.125 in

Descriptive line

Length of resist-dyed and stencilled cotton, Japan, 1800-1920

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Resist dyed

Subjects depicted

Tortoise

Categories

Textiles

Collection

East Asia Collection

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