Woman's sash (obi)
late 17th century
Object Place: Japan
Overall: 17.8 x 381 cm (7 x 150 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave
Not On View
Sash (obi) with design of peonies, wisteria, chrysanthemum and curling ribbon-like bands in reddish-orange, purple, green and blue silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a natural ecru silk twill-weave ground. The other side of the obi is missing.
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