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Futon Cover (Futonji)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-painted, resist dyed (tsutsugaki); four loom widths joined.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-painted, resist dyed (tsutsugaki); four loom widths joined.


Meiji period (1868–1912), 19th century



About this artwork

The traditional Japanese bedding set, known as a futon, typically consists of a padded mattress and a quilted bedcover. the latter often incorporates a decorated cover that would have been made as part of a bride’s trousseau. This example bears an elaborate pattern of two phoenixes—a larger male in mid-flight prepares to join a smaller female on the branch of a Paulownia tree. The combination of a phoenix with a Paulownia tree symbolizes peace, sincerity, and benevolence—appropriate attributes for a wedding textile.
-A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016


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Futon Cover (Futonji)


Japan (Object made in)

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Made 1801–1900


Cotton, plain weave; hand-painted, resist dyed (tsutsugaki); four loom widths joined


141.6 × 131.1 cm (55 3/4 × 51 5/8 in.)

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Gift of Jack Bulmash and Michael Schnur

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