Buddhist priest's stole (ôhi)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


W x L: 29.0 x 169.5 cm (11 7/16 x 66 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

silk; 2/1 twill weave with discontinuous supplementary-weft floats bound at intervals (karaori); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Buddhist priest’s stole (ôhi) with decoration of clematis arabesques. Center, border: red silk ground patterned with clematis and scrolling vines in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. Shiten: light brown silk ground with woven-in patterns of interlocking squares and hexagons linked by circles (shokko) in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: purple plain-weave silk. This ohi was refashioned from a Noh costume. Embroidery thread was used to reinforce the worn areas of supplementary-weft floats.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp