Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 74 x 53 1/8 in. (188 x 135 cm)

Accession Number

03.1045

Medium or Technique

Silk damask ground with 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 with design of dragons in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a blue silk damask ground with woven cloud pattern; lined with natural plain-weave (basket-variation) hemp or linen with design of central diamond motif printed in brown, blue and natural ecru made of scrolling vines and flowers in the center and repeating floral arabesque pattern in the border and printed roundels in gold and natural ecru in each corner with scalloped borders and central arabesques.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 26, 1903

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection