This triangular uchishiki, a Buddhist altar textile and the mate of item 2037, showcases silk and metallic-embroidered 'Hai Riyo' (dragon-bird) and wave motifs on a red wool background. Unlike typical Japanese dragons, the Hai Riyo is depicted with feathered wings, a bird-like body, and tail while maintaining the unmistakable, dragon-like face. The Hai Riyo was considered the most evolved form of dragons, having progressed through the regular dragon life-cycle to reach this ultimate state. Depictions of this remarkable creature adorn ornamental screens at the Chi-on-in monastery in Kyoto.
It features a cotton lining and is in very good condition, albeit with around 10 tiny holes in the wool. The uchishiki measures 35 inches by 21 inches (89 cm by 53 cm).