A silk Buddhist temple cloth featuring a phoenix and camellias. The technique is the labourious "tsume tsuzure" (tapestry). Very good condition, with slight staining and several tiny holes. 27" width x 20" height. In Japan, as earlier in China, the mythical Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the imperial household, particularly the empress. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations. Buddhism portrays the Phoenix as Garuda, the "Bird of Life".