Bamboo Motif

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Bamboo leaves on a wavy lattice background forms this design. In Japan, bamboo (take) represents flexibility and strength. It appears in many ancient tales, including the tale of the bamboo cutter (Taketori Monogatari) or the princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime). Bamboo is used in many festivals to ward off evil. July 7th (Tanabata) people write their wishes for the year on strips of paper and tie them to the branches. Made in: Japan. Date: 1820s. Record ID: chndm_1976-103-44.

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