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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain weave cotton, with embroidery in silk and metallic thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This large and striking textile depicts an eagle sweeping down through a pine forest and carrying away a shishi (mythical lion) cub while two monkeys try to pull a terrified companion across a stream. The whole scene is meticulously executed in embroidery, the stitches covering the entire surface of the cloth.

Physical description

Large hanging of plain weave cotton entirely covered with an embroidered scene, in silk and metallice threads, showing an eagle carrying away the cub of a shishi (mythical lion), while below two monkeys try to pull another to safety.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1860-1895 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plain weave cotton, with embroidery in silk and metallic thread


Width: 1620 mm Top edge, Width: 1636 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2507 mm Proper right, Length: 2492 mm Proper left, Weight: 22.5 kg Weighed on roller

Descriptive line

Hanging, plain weave cotton, embroidered with an eagle carrying off a shishi (mythical lion) cub with scared moneys below, Japan, 1860-1895. Tex, Japan, embroidery


Cotton; Material; Silk thread; Metal thread




Textiles; Buddhism


East Asia Collection

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