A shushu silk Buddhist altar cloth with an intricately couched oak design mon. Very good condition with a few small stains and loose stitching. 32" x 19". In ancient times the oak leaf was used as a kind of dish to serve things, and from this it became associated with offerings to the gods. It was also associated with the Kumano, Kasuga and Izu Shinto shrines in Japan. The oak design is sometimes used on family crests, especially of the warrior caste, and for the Matsura family of Kaji-tani (port town on an island off the coast of Kyushu) it is a commemorative crest.