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X2008.6.196 Futon Cover


Object Name: Futon cover (futonji), fragment

Place of Origin: San-in region, western Honshu, Japan

Medium/Materials: Cotton; weft ikat

Credit Line: Fowler Museum. Krauss Collection of Japanese Textiles

Accession Number: X2008.6.196

This dynamic pattern combines lightning bolts, turtles, and round tama, or Buddhist wish-fulfilling jewels. In Japanese folklore, lightning (inazuma) is associated with rice agriculture; inazuma literally means wife of rice. The flowing mantles of seaweed growing on the turtles? backs indicate long life. The tama is one of the most recurrent images in Japanese art, frequently a symbol of good harvests and prosperity.

Source: Gallery wall text from the exhibition Fowler in Focus: Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection, 2012

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