Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo or Meiji era
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 82 x 78 1/2 in. (208.3 x 199.4 cm)

Accession Number

24.88

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) made of three lengths stitched together with design of chrysanthemum and butterfly roundels and cloud motifs in blue, green, yellow, purple, pink and white silk and gilt paper strip supplementary weft patterning on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground; lined with natural plain-weave hemp.

Provenance

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on February 7, 1924

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection