Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)
Ranji kiku karakusa moyo shuchin ôhi
Edo or Meiji era
latter half of 19th century
Object Place: Japan
Legacy dimension: 150.5 x 30.5 cm
Medium or Technique
Appliquéd Shuchin, silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin damask weave with discontinuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order; pieced and appliquéd
Not On View
Buddhist priest’s stole (ôhi) with decoration of chrysanthemum arabesques. Center, border: Indigo silk figured satin-weave ground with chrysanthemums and scrolling vines. The chrysanthemums in the repeat pattern are connected by vines with leaves. Shiten: Indigo silk figured satin-weave ground patterned with clouds and dragons. Lining: Plain-weave fabric of degummed red warps and degummed white wefts. MFA structural analysis: Silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin damask weave with discontinuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order; pieced and appliquéd.
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