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Coverlet shaped like a kimono (yogi)

Middle Edo


Elaborately designed kimono-shaped comforters were often part of the bride's trousseau and were included with a number of kimonos given to her by her family.

A large phoenix, an auspicious bird associated with the empress in both China and Japan, is depicted here, along with a blossoming Paulownia tree.

The phoenix is also an emblem for the bride because of its beauty and virtues of sincerity, prosperity, and truthfulness-all qualities hoped for in marriage.

Object Information

nationality
Japanese
period
Middle Edo
creation date
late 1700s
materials
silk, resist-dyed, embroidered with silk and metallic threads
dimensions
62 x 60 in.
accession number
33.514
credit line
The Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors