coverlet in the shape of a kimono; indigo field decorated with cranes and pines and a large crest or medallion on the top of the back

(Kimono-Shaped Coverlet (yogi)), early 1900s

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A fanciful type of bed covering in Japan, called yogi (literally "night clothes") consists of a quilted blanket in the shape of a kimono. Heavily padded with cotton wadding, the yogi was spread over the sleeper, decorative back side up, and the collar tucked snugly under the chin and shoulders. As part of a bridal trousseau, they were sometimes decorated with the groom's family crest. In this case, the crest consists of three oak leaves. The bottom of the blanket is decorated with a pattern of pine branches and folded paper cranes--both symbols of longevity.

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(Kimono-Shaped Coverlet (yogi))
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95.18
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coverlet in the shape of a kimono; indigo field decorated with cranes and pines and a large crest or medallion on the top of the back