Important Cultural PropertyShokko brocade obi (sash)

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  • 1 piece (4 parts)
  • Silk
  • L:(1)354.0 (2)53.0 (3)80.4 (4)103.0, W7.5~8.0
  • Asuka period/7th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • N-47

The red Tate-Nishiki handed down to Horyu-ji Temple is also known as Shokukoukin and this Nishiki is one of them. This is a Tate-Nishiki with Renge (lotus flower)-mon patterns placed at the center and Warabide-mon patterns on both sides of the check that contains shoju-mon. This Nishiki has some differences, including the number of rows of circles in the Renge patterns and the width of a single pattern and personal preferences seem to have been reflected in these items. Similar fabrics are used in the edges of "Shokukoukin Ayaban (N-26)" and "Zenko-ji Nyorai Onnsho-no-hako" found during an investigation into assets of Horyu-ji Temple in the Showa period. Among these items, this Shokukoukin Obi (sash) is the most excellent item given that it is sophisticatedly made and has less pattern damage. According to the Temple biography, this was a Sage obi for Kashiwadeno Kisaki, the wife of Shotoku Taishi, but considering the fact that it is too long for use as an Obi (sash), it may have been used for other purposes.