Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
18th or 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

138 x 135 cm (54 5/16 x 53 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.236

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of linked hexagons, squares and circles (shokkô pattern variation) containing dragons and rosettes, birds and auspicious clouds in light and dark blue, light and dark green, red, tan and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on silk twill-weave ground covered with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts (kinji-nishiki); unlined.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection