Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)
Beni shusu ji shokko hana karakusa moyo ôhi
Object Place: Japan
Legacy dimension: 157.9 x 29.0 cm
Medium or Technique
Shusu and kinran; border: silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; center and shiten: silk, gilt paper filé; satin weave, embroidery; pieced
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Ôhi with decoration of shokko patterns. Border: Gray silk ground with woven-in designs of scattered chrysanthemum blossoms in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Center: Fragment of red silk satin-weave ground embroidered with interlocking geometric designs (shokko), and a fragment of red satin weave ground embroidered with flowers and scrolling vines. Embroidered in satin stitch, stem stitch, French knots, couched flat gold-leafed paper thread, and fine gold thread. In addition, gold thread and polychrome thread wrapped together and couched are used. Twisted threads are used for both the satin and stem stitches. Shiten: Fragments of gold silk fabric embroidered with plum blossom motifs in couched flat gold thread and wrapped gold thread. Lining: Brown plain-weave silk.
MFA structural analysis: Border: silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave. Center and shiten: silk, gilt paper filé; satin weave, embroidery. Pieced.
Gift to MFA on April 16, 1895
Bequest of J. W. Paige