A large, loosely-woven cotton tsutsugaki featuring five large family crests. Good condition, with several 1/5" holes and a number of smaller ones, as well as some staining that can be seen in the adjoining images. 60" x 80". In Japanese culture, butterflies carry a great number of meanings. Their most apparent symbolism is that of metamorphosis or transformation; they are specifically representative of those who have died as they are thought to carry the recently departed spirits. Butterflies also symbolize spring, and the Japanese generally view them as symbols of happiness and joy. They are a very popular motif in Japan, and a great number of traditional family crests (mon) utilize the butterfly in their designs.