Noren, Japan

Noren, Japan

Noren (door hanging)
Japan
About 1900 - 1925
Cotton
Museum no. FE. 50-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Noren (door hanging) in blue cotton with large cream circle surrounding a cream lotus blossom, Japanese script on bottom left. The lotus flower plays a central part of Buddhist philosophy - spiritual flowering and unfolding. The stem is the world axis which supports the flower of the lotus throne, the spiritual centre. The lotus also signifies time, the unseen all-devouring, the unfolding of all existence; peace, harmony, union, life, immortality and meditation.