This is a pair to item 2300, and so would have been dedicated in the same year: 1878. Embroidered applique peonies on a red bast-fiber background. Good condition, with some tiny holes in the lower red background. 80" x 49". Peonies in Japan are a symbol of nobility. The Buddhist monk Kong Hai introduced tree peonies to Japan in the 8th century for medicinal purposes.