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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of linked hexagons, squares and circles (shokkô pattern variation) containing dragons and rosettes, birds and auspicious clouds in light and dark blue, light and dark green, red, tan and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on silk...

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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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138 x 135 cm (54 5/16 x 53 1/8 in.)

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts