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Item Exceptional Tsutsugaki Indigo Cotton Marital Celebratory Futon Cover
Shishi lions shrine & temple guardians possessing magical powers to repel evil
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
5.2 X 6.6 feet
157 X 200 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
1.6 lb, 745 g
Very Good Condition
Very small hand mended repair, hardly noticeable as seen in photo.

Still Retains Bright Colors but not quite as vivid as the photos.

Many times, as in the case with this textile, the couple's parents presented the newlyweds with a wedding present that may have been used only a few times then put away as a keepsake. As a result, this textile is in excellent condition.

Image registration is very precise, all but perfect.
Comments Unusual Dramatic composition of this tsutsugaki of 3 Buddhist shisa (dog-lions) frolicking among botan (peony flowers). The shishi in the form of open and closed mouth lions. Open mouth shishi are said to scare off evil spirits while closed mouth shishi hold in the good spirts. Note the whirligig symbols on the lions. The whirligig design is the Buddhist symbol of Dharma, universal harmony and the balance of opposites (open and closed mouth lions).

Read about shishi at this extensive discussion of the dog-lion

The Chinese introduced Japan to the tree peony in the Nara period (710 - 794) . To the Chinese, the flower represented good fortune, high honour, and the season of spring.┬áThe flower gained prominence in Japanese scrolling patterns, especially those used in brocades. Like the Chinese, the Japanese considered the peony to be ‘king of the flowers’ and therefore use it as a popular motif in textile design, often regardless of season.

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