Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)
Beniji shokko moyo shuchin ôhi
Object Place: Japan
Legacy dimension: 152.4 x 31.3 cm
Medium or Technique
Silk lampas; silk and gilt paper supplementary weft patterning (shuchin), pieced, appliqued
Not On View
Long, rectangular pieced silk stole (ôhi) with center and border of red silk figured satin ground with overall design of interlocking floral roundels encircling a central dragon motif and scattered phoenix linked together with other floral roundels and interspersed with floral arabesques (shokko pattern variation) in gold, blue and green. There are small green silk squares (shiten) at each end with a figured pattern of clouds and dragons over a hexagonal tortoiseshell grid. There is a red plain-weave silk lining and purple crepe silk ties on each end.
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