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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of dragon roundels and auspicious clouds in pink, blue, green, black and gold silk and silver gilt strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground; lined with plain-weave hemp.


Transferred from the Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 18th or 19th century

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Height x width: 64 9/16 x 64 15/16 in. (164 x 165 cm)

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

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Textiles and Fashion Arts