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Bag for a tea container (shifuku)

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Drawstring bag for tea container (shifuku) with design of dragon (?) roundels in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a natural ecru silk ground (possibly 13th or 14th century, Yuan dynasty). There is a tan plain-weave silk lining and a dark blue braided silk cord.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on April 1, 1915

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese (made from Chinese fabric), Edo period, 18th or 19th century

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Overall (Approx for storage): 12 x 7 x 4.5 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts