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Item Tsutsugaki Indigo Cotton Marital Celebratory Futon Cover

1st pop-up photo shows original photo. All the remaining photos have been brightened. True colors somewhere between the 1st & 2nd photos.
Age
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
Size
4.8 X 4.9 feet
145 X 150 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
1.3 lb, 393 g
Condition
Very Good Condition Has 5 nicely stitched repair patches as seen in photo, reverse side. Some variegated indigo fading as seen on the front. And, the oranges are more muted when seen in person.

Image registration isn't precise but doesn't seem to lessen the overall visual impact of this textile, in my opinion.
Comments Very dramatic, very energetic composition.

A flock of cranes flying around and landing in a pine tree. The viewer's eye is immediately drawn to the center image of the white, red created crane.

The crane is one of Japan's most treasured auspicious motifs.

The Crane one thousand years, the Tortoise ten thousand years. The Japanese red crested crane (grus japonensis) is most famous as the symbol of peace and long life. They also symbolize marital love and fidelity because these cranes are monogamous, pairing for life, devoted mates in all seasons.

In Japan, the crane (tsuru) is a sacred bird that is said to live 1,000 years.

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