Important Cultural PropertyShokko brocade textile

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  • 1 piece
  • Silk
  • 70.5x24.5
  • Asuka period/7th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • N-56

There are two main patterns and they have a common pattern where Renju (rows of circles) and palmetto-like Karakusa (Chinese grass) patterns are represented to make a circle. One represents a pair of phoenixes with wings spread wide that are placed face to face in the circle and the other symmetrically represents a pair of lions (Shishi) standing on three feet while holding one of forefeet up. A dear-like animal and a Pegasus (winged horse) are embroidered between the patterns. Nishiki with the same patterns is used for the body part (first section of upper part) of two "Shokukoukin Ayaban" (N-26-1, 26-2). In addition, woven fabric is considered to have been used for the body part (first section of upper part) of "Shokukoukin Ooban" held at Horyu-ji Temple in Nara, but it is currently framed.

Taking a closer look at this Shokukoukingire, although color clearly remains on the three sides, wear on the surface is recognized in the rectangular shape at the center. The wear is caused on the part known as the Tsubo of Banshin (body) part and the other parts remain clear, probably because it had been covered by the edge cloth. Given that the same Shokukoukin has been used for the first section of the body of Shokoukin Ooban described above, this Shokukoukingire may have been a part of the Tsubo of Ban.