Buddhist ritual banner (ban)

Japanese
Edo period
18th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: Length 1.720 each

Accession Number

21.1644

Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; silk with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; silk plain-weave gauze; metal bracket and ring

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Buddhist ritual banner (Tendai sect) composed of three vertical panels with vajra motifs (top and bottom) and Wheel of Law (center) embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread on cream satin and surrounded by border of blue and gold brocade; attached to the sides are narrow bands of natural gauze with concentric circle pattern (seigaiha) trimmed with natural and indigo blue striped silk; attached to the bottom are four wider bands of gauze with concentric circle pattern (seigaiha) and Wheel of Law motif trimmed with natural and indigo blue striped silk; metal ring attached at top for hanging. One of eight (21.1639-21.1646).

Provenance

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA,

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection