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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) made of three lengths stitched together with design of chrysanthemum and butterfly roundels and cloud motifs in blue, green, yellow, purple, pink and white silk and gilt paper strip supplementary weft patterning on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground; lined...

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on February 7, 1924

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, 19th century

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Height x width: 82 x 78 1/2 in. (208.3 x 199.4 cm)

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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


Textiles and Fashion Arts