Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century, from 17th century fabric


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

175 x 236 cm (68 7/8 x 92 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.795

Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, pieced

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) made of several pieces stitched together with design of peony blossoms (botan) and leaves over undulating vertical bands (tatewaku) in blue, green, yellow, orange and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a blue twill-weave silk ground; inscription on back. Possibly made from late 16th or early 17th century (late Momoyama or early Edo period) atsuita fabric.

Inscription

Inscription

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA on October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection