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Medium:
Mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin (kakishibu), and silk threads (itoire)
Type:
textile designs
Katagami
Object Name:
Katagami
Made in:
Japan
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
In Japan, butterflies (choho) symbolizes a range of meanings from grace, good luck, marriage, and various transitioning throughout life. Butterflies represent the living as well as the dead. The human spirit transforms into a butterfly as they journey into eternal life. They also symbolize a young girl spreading her wings into womanhood. Additionally, two butterflies dancing together represents a happy marital status.
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Snyder
Accession Number:
1976-103-7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4fb03a919-1bb4-4852-805b-59de6c986378
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1976-103-7