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Item E-Gasuri Kinchaku Pattern Kasuri Cotton Futon Cover

Kara-shishi, Botan (Lion Dog & Peony Flower) and Graphic kasuri images
Age
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton Homespun, Hand Loomed.

4 separate panels hand stitched together to make this complete textile.
Size
4.2 X 4.5 feet
128 X 138 cm

Thick fabric, medium-heavy weight
0.6 lbs, 290 g
Condition
Very Good Condition
No Spots, No Holes, No Tears

We have washed & ironed this textile, it is ready to display as wall art or for use in your project.

Wonderful display textile. Very representative of Japanese folk art.
Comment Kara-shishi

Shishi serve as gardians to both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, traditionally as a pair. Generally, one shishi will be with it's mouth open (relating to "Ah") and may be depicted with a mari or tama and the other with it's mouth closed (relating to "N" prounced "un"). "Ah" is the first letter of the Japanese alphabet and "N" is the last -- together they symbolize beginning and end, birth and death, and all possible outcomes in existence.

Shishi lions-dogs are found as pairs at Buddhist shrines & temples. They are guardians of holy places with magical powers to repel evil. The open mouth,"kara-shishi", as portrayed on this textile, scares away evil spirits. The perfect sleeping companion! And, the closed mount shishi keeps the good spirits from departing.

The Japanese Botan


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