Kimono-Shaped Coverlet (yogi) with Design of Lobsters and Crest (mon) of Three Cloves
Period:Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:early 19th century
Medium:Plain-weave cotton, resist-dyed and painted with dyes and pigments (tsutsugaki)
Dimensions:Overall: 67 x 58 1/4 in. (170.2 x 148 cm)
Sometimes called “the old man of the sea” because of its bent back, the Japanese lobster (ise-ebi or kamakura-ebi) is a symbol of longevity. It is often used as a theme on bedding, such as this yogi, a kimono-shaped coverlet. When in use, warmly interlined yogi are spread over the sleeper, with the collar band fitting snugly under the chin and over the shoulders.
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