Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

19th century

Object Place: Japan


62 x 82 cm (24 7/16 x 32 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bast fiber (hemp?) plain-weave ground, silk embroidery (shishû), gold-wrapped thread couching (koma-nui)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Triangular-shaped Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of peonies and chrysanthemums in gold metallic thread couching and black and creme silk embroidery on a dark blue silk embroidered plain-weave bast fiber ground; natural plain-weave silk border and paper backing.


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