Bedcover (Yogi)

Bedcover (Yogi)

mid 1800s
Country
Japan
cover, bed
Paste resist-dyed (tsutsugaki) cotton
Neusteter Textile Collection: Department acquisition fund by exchange
2012.311
. Bedcover (Yogi). mid 1800s. Paste resist-dyed (tsutsugaki) cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Department acquisition fund by exchange. 2012.311.
Dimensions
length: 61 in, 154.9400 cm; width: 57 in, 144.7800 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
The robe-like shape of this bedcover probably derived from an old practice of piling up clothing to keep warm. Originally, this yogi had a backing and an insulating inner layer. The elegant design of this important dowry item combines three auspicious plants: pine, a symbol of longevity; bamboo for integrity and fidelity; and plum blossoms, valued as the first flower to bloom in early spring. The circular family crest (mon) was used by a number of powerful families throughout Japan.
Known Provenance
Purchased 2008 at dealers' auction in Kansai, Japan by John Ruddy [Santa Fe, NM]; purchased August 2012 from John Ruddy by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)