A silk gift cover featuring a hawk, pine tree and camellias, all hand-painted, with metallic embroidery and couching highlights within the hawk, and extremely fine sagara embroidery within the flowers. Good condition, with several areas of abrasion wear in unabtrusive areas about the creases. 27" x 28". In Japan, the hawk and pine tree in combination represents the power and longevity of the Tokugawa shogun. The Tokugawa shogunate was a feudal regime of Japan established by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family. This period is known as the Edo period and gets its name from the capital city, Edo, which now is called Tokyo. The Tokugawa shogunate ruled from Edo Castle from 1603 until 1868, when it was abolished during the Meiji Restoration. The camellia flower has long been regarded as a symbol of longevity, love bond, happy marriage, fortune, victory and happiness.