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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of phoenix and paulownia in pale green, pink, yellow, white, blue and black silk and a silver paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange silk satin ground; lined with a reddish-orange silk with a scrolling peony design...

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 18th or 19th century

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127 x 131 cm (50 x 51 9/16 in.)

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Silk satin-weave with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts