Textile fragment

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 44.5 x 39.5 cm (17 1/2 x 15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, embroidered with silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Textile fragment with design of floral arabesques composed of various patterns, including tortoiseshell (kikkô-mon), concentric waves (seigaiha), interlocking swastika (manji) in polychrome silk embroidery and gilt paper strips discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a tan twill-weave silk.


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