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Motif Information
Rōmaji Arisagawa
English Stylized deer
Kanji 有栖川
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Motif Type Animal

Arisugawa represents a stylized deer. The motif was first introduced from China in the late Muromachi to early Momoyama period.

The arisugawa shika mon nishiki (有須川鹿紋錦, Arisugawa deer patterned brocade) is one of the meibutsu-gire (名物裂), famous tea ceremony fabrics. The name for the motif comes from the Arisugawa-no-miya cadet branch of the Imperial family which supposedly favored it.

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