Coverlet (yogi) with peonies and Chinese lion


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The “peonies and Chinese lion” design, featured in numerous Edo period paintings, was executed by an artist trained in Kano-style painting. In East Asia, the peony is considered the “queen of flowers” while lions are the “king of beasts.” They are often featured together to represent wealth, good fortune and bravery. This yogi, made of expensive figured satin silk (typically used for luxurious kimono) with exquisite freehand paste resist-dyeing was probably made as a present for a high-ranking samurai lady’s wedding. The fine tie resist-dyeing (shibori) is a special highlight.

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