Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
18th or 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

135 x 135 cm (53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.227

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 (kinji-nishiki), pieced

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of linked hexagons and squares (shokkô-pattern) within which are dragon and floral roundels, phoenix, and Seven Treasures pattern of interlocking circles (shippô-tsunagi) in red, pink, green, light and dark blue, yellow and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a twill-weave silk ground; lined with natural plain-weave hemp.

Provenance

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection