Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)

Beniji shokko moyo shuchin ôhi

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Legacy dimension: 152.4 x 31.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk lampas; silk and gilt paper supplementary weft patterning (shuchin), pieced, appliqued

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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)

[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