Length of silk for sash (obi)

Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall (Full loom width): 111.1 x 69.9 cm (43 3/4 x 27 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper strips; twill-weave ground with supplementary weft patterning

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Length of silk for sash (obi) with design of alternating gold and purple diagonal bands over which are butterflies and flowers in pink, blue, gold, green, and orange silk and metallic silver supplementary weft patterning a purple silk twill ground.


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