Bag for a tea container (shifuku)

Japanese (made from Chinese fabric)
Edo period
18th or 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Overall (Approx for storage): 12 x 5.5 x 5 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.608

Medium or Technique

Silk, twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, braided silk cord

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Drawstring bag (shifuku) for tea container (chaire) with overall design of phoenix and lotus motifs in metallic gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a natural ecru silk ground (possibly 14th century, Yuan dynasty). There is a brown and blue iridescent plain-weave silk lining and a gold braided silk ground. The bottom of the bag is missing.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on April 1, 1915

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection