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Item E-Gasuri Castle (Shiro) and Crane (Tsuru) & Turtle (Kame) Patterns, Picture Kasuri Cotton Futon Cover
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton Homespun, Hand Loomed.

4 separate panels hand stitched together to make this complete textile.
4.3 X 5.5 feet
131 X 166 cm

Medium-Thick fabric, medium-heavy weight
14.5 oz, 410 g
Good Overall Condition
Few very minor spots.

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 arts.
Comment This textile was made in Kurume City, Japan, and shows a traditional Japanese style castle, probably patterned after Kumamoto castle, in Kumamoto City. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan.

In addition to the castle, this textile shows a crane and turtle in the graphic blocks.

The crane and the turtle are mystical and holy creatures which symbolize good fortune, prosperity, happiness and longevity. Cranes also represent marital love and fidelity because the birds pair for life, devout couples for all seasons. These affirmative symbols flourished in the lives of all social classes. Japanese are very fond of an old proverb, "Cranes live 1,000 years, turtles 10,000".

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