Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
mid-19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

134 x 133.5 cm (52 3/4 x 52 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.474

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 four rows of peony roundels alternating in white and reddish-orange silk on a ground of stylized tortoise-shell pattern (bishamon-kikkô) in green silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with natural plain-weave hemp or linen; calligraphic inscription on back hand-painted in ink.

Inscription

On the back is a calligraphic inscription hand-painted in sumi which states that the cloth was donated in honor of the 350th anniversary of the death of Ren-nyo, a celebrated Buddhist priest, on March 15th, sometime in the 1860s.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on October 6, 1902

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection