Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

Edo period
18th or 19th century

Object Place: Japan


67 x 82 cm (26 3/8 x 32 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (nishiki); embroidered

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of dragons and clouds in golden brown and blue silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a blue/gold twill-weave silk ground; lined with green plain-weave silk on which is embroidered a black silk crest (mon) in the shape of a hexagon surrounding three leaves.


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