Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


W x L: 32.3 x 163.2 cm (12 11/16 x 64 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (shuchin); pieced

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Buddhist priest’s stole (ôhi) with decoration of shokko patterns. Center, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with motifs of interlocking circular patterns. Floral roundels encircle the central dragon motifs and scattered phoenixes; these circular motifs are linked with other floral roundels. The interstitial spaces are filled with floral arabesques. The pattern is a variation of the interlocking geometric pattern known as shokko. The same fabric is used as described for the ohi with decoration of shokko patterns, 11.24767. Shiten: none. Lining: red plain-weave silk. This object probably was refashioned at the same time as 11.24767.


Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to MFA on March 9, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp