A silk Buddhist uchishiki featuring finely embroidered lotus motif on one side and a phoenix on the other. Good condition, with some staining and several areas in the lotus motif where the embroidery has worn bare. 26" x 26". The phoenix is endowed with all of the magical qualities of auspiciousness: longevity, resurrection, the solar and alchemical fire, and symbolizes peace and tranquility. The lotus is an important Buddhist motif. Images of the Buddha and other important persons often are shown seated on a lotus throne. The growth of the lotus, with its roots in mud, growing through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant above the water's surface, is seen as an analogy of the soul's path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment. The 3 stages of the lotus, bud, utpala (mid-blossom) and the full blossoming throne represent the past present and future respectively.