Fragment of silk

Edo period
late 18th or early 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 33 x 26.2 cm (13 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragment of silk with dark blue plain-weave ground and design of linked hexagon pattern (kikkô-mon) enclosing flowers, snowflake (yukiwa) motifs and paired cranes in gold and dark blue discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts.


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