Eight distinct trees are shown in the foreground, with a house visible through the trees in the background. The trees are tall and skinny, with tufts of leaves in regular intervals up their trunks. Two trees on the left are thicker and darker. One tree sweeps diagonally across the composition. Two trees on the right of the page cross in the middle of their trunks.
This print depicts the town of Montrichard in France.
Fragments of brocade textiles are stitched symmetrically into gold fabric. Gold, blue, and brownish/copper hues create the patterns on the textile fragments.
Textiles have been collected, catalogued, and discussed in Japan since at least the tenth century. For the imperial court and Buddhist temples, both deeply conservative organizations, textiles were tangible records of precedent: it was important to keep track of what patterns and which colors were appropriate for hundreds of annual ceremonial occasions. Scraps of fabric from garments, banners, monastic robes, and sutra covers were carefully labeled and preserved in thick notebooks.