Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Accession Number

11.24774

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of floral roundels in light/dark blue, light/dark green, pink and white silk and gilt paper stripdiscontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a ground of stylized water in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground.

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection