Fragment of silk
late 18th or early 19th century
Object Place: Japan
Overall: 15 x 22 cm (5 7/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in plain-weave
Not On View
Fragment of silk with dark blue twill-weave ground and repeating design of linked hexagons and squares (shokkô variation) composed of floral motifs in yellow, green, reddish-orange and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection