Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)
Object Place: Japan
67 x 68 cm (26 3/8 x 26 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave
Not On View
Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with linked hexagons and squares (shokkô pattern variation) composed of chrysanthemums which contain floral motifs surrounding Buddhist gongs (chuan) and dragon arabesques in light/dark green, light/dark blue and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground with an overall interlocking swastika pattern (manji tsunagi) in green silk; unlined.
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