The mythical phoenix on this futon cover symbolizes peace and happiness; the designs are drawn freehand in a rice paste that resists the indigo dye and colored pigments. These textiles, which traditionally formed part of a bride's trousseau, were often decorated with bold designs that carry auspicious meaning.
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Made in Japan, Asia Date:
Plain weave cotton with rice-paste resist design (tsutsugaki)Dimensions:
6 feet 4 inches × 53 1/4 inches (193 × 135.3 cm)Curatorial Department:
Costume and TextilesObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Maude de Schauensee, Theodore R. and Barbara B. Aronson, Edna and Stanley C. Tuttleman, The Hamilton Family Foundation, and Maxine and Howard H. Lewis, 2000