Wedding futonji(?) (bedding), single panel
Cotton
Tsutsugaki (rice paste resist)

This panel was too long to show in a single photograph, and so has been broken into two images. The images in the roundels are of an auspicious nature, so this was likely a panel from a wedding futonji. Some of the roundels show incomplete images. These are probably completed by the missing panels. The artists could have made complete images on each panel, but the change in centering helps to balance the composition. Auspicious roundels are not unusual on wedding futonji. Most likely the complete futonji consisted of similar roundels. The tortoise’s long tail is actually seaweed that has attached to the shell, indicating the tortoise’s great age, and making it a perfect symbol of longevity.

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