Bridges and Bats on Lattice

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Catalogue Status
Research in Progress
Description
In Japan, bats are seen as auspicious because part of the Chinese word for bat (bianfu) is a homophone (fu) for "happiness." A scene of bats flying near a bridge is repeated in opposite directions on a diagonal lattice weave.
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
mid 18th - early 19th century
Accession Number
1976-103-12
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Snyder
made in
Japan
Medium
Mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin (kakishibu)
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Type
textile designs
Object Name
Katagami
Type
Katagami