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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroiderd plain weave cotton with silk and metallic threads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs V. Eley & Mrs G. L. Warren

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This large panel probably once hung in a Buddhist temple in Japan. The entire surface of the cloth has been embroidered, in a wide range of stitches, with treasure ships, an image which conveys wishes for wealth or an abundant harvest.

Physical description

Hanging panel of plain weave cotton embroidered with coloured silks. It depicts a nautical scene, perhaps from a Japaneses legend, which has not been identified. The scene shows three boats, one of which is in full sail and loaded with precious gifts. Above are clouds and cranes and in the foreground of the picture rocks, sea-spray, more cranes and tortoises are shown. Round the picture is an embroidered border of flowers and bamboo and round this again there is a woven border of leaf and scroll patterns in silk and gold thread.

The embroidery is mainly in couched knotted silk cord and satin stitches with laid and couched gold thread.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroiderd plain weave cotton with silk and metallic threads


Length: 205 cm, Width: 133 cm, Length: 81 in, Width: 52 in

Descriptive line

Hanging panel of embroidered cotton, Japan, late 19th century


Textiles; Embroidery; Wall coverings


East Asia Collection

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