Bag for tea container (shifuku)

Japanese (made from Chinese fabric)
Edo period
18th or 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall (Approx for storage): 12 x 8 x 6 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, silk braided cord

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Drawstring bag (shifuku) for tea container (chaire) with design of vertical bands of interlocking swastika fretwork (manji tsunagi) along the bottom and horizontal bands of a repeating floral motif along the top in light blue, dark blue and gold silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a white, silk satin ground (possibly 15th or 16th century, Ming dynasty). There is an iridescent blue, plain-weave silk lining and a white silk braided cord.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on April 1, 1915

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection