Futon cover with hō-ō, or phoenix mythical birdOn display
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Futon cover with hō-ō, or phoenix mythical bird
Datelate 19th century
Material and technique
cotton, indigo and coloured pigments, tsutsugaki paste-resist dyeing
Dimensions178 cm (length)
144 cm (height)
No. of items
Presented by Miss I. B. Keith, 1957.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
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Glossary of terms
Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.
A method of resist dyeing, in which areas of cloth are painted with starch paste, applied through a bamboo tube (tsutsu), to protect them from the dye