Altar frontal

Qing dynasty
1830 to 1849

Object Place: China


120 x 105 cm (47 1/4 x 41 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Altar fronal for a shrine of red plain-weave silk with design of branches of peonies (wealth), peaches (long life), pomegranates and citrons (prosperity) and butterflies (longevity) embroidered with blue, green, and brown silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; border around three sides of the piece and a band across the top.


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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection