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Altar cloth Altar cloth

Silk Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with repeating woven motif of five-clawed dragons and clouds in green, yellow, orange, pink, blue, pale blue silks and gold kinran (lacquered and gilded paper) woven throughout, lined with blue silk: Japan, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Altar cloth Altar cloth

Silk Buddhist altar cloth with repeating woven motif of three-clawed dragons, lions on a grid pattern with lotus flowers woven in coloured silks and gold kinran (lacquered and gilded paper) woven throughout: Japan, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Fukusa Fukusa

Cream silk fukusa (gift cover) lined with orange-red silk with embroidered design of a dancer performing the butterfly dance wearing a costume of a butterfly wings and a robe, with kinran (lacquered and gilded paper) and raised embroidery detail: Japan, mid-Meiji era, 1884 - 1899

Sample / brocade Sample / brocade

Sample of embroidered silk with patterns in bands of flowers and characters, vase and bird, flowers, and character and clouds in scarlet, fuchsia, green, violet, yellow and white silk with woven paper which is silvered on one side on a fuchsia-crimson ground: Japan, 19th century

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