The wedding palanquin of Atsuhime
is a vehicle carried by six bearers to transport the princess on the occasion of her wedding to shogun Tokugawa Iesada in 1856. The gilded decoration depicts the mon
(family crests) of both the Tokugawa and Shimazu clans.
After her husband's death two years into their marriage, Atsuhime became a Buddhist nun and took the name Tenshōin. She remained a powerful force in politics during the Meiji era as Japan began to modernize and open itself to the West.