Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)
late 18th or early 19th century
Object Place: Japan
67 x 66 cm (26 3/8 x 26 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk satin-weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave
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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of floral roundels and vajra motifs in white, blue and green silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange silk satin ground; lined with natural plain-weave linen or hemp; a square piece is cut out of one corner.
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