Woman's sash (obi)

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 13 3/8 x 152 3/4 in. (34 x 388 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sash (obi) with design of bamboo in gold silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a dark blue silk satin ground with a woven pattern of dragon roundels, swallows and, at one end, calligraphy.


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