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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of linked hexagons and squares (shokkô-pattern) within which are dragon and floral roundels, phoenix, and Seven Treasures pattern of interlocking circles (shippô-tsunagi) in red, pink, green, light and dark blue, yellow and white silk and gilt paper...

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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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135 x 135 cm (53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in.)

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Silk twill weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (kinji-nishiki), pieced


Textiles and Fashion Arts