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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Triangular-shaped altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of butterfly in reddish-orange, brown, blue, yellow, green and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a dark blue twill-weave silk ground; white plain-weave bast fiber backing with painted ink calligraphy inscription:

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Provenance

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA in 1924

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 35 1/2 x 50 in. (90.2 x 127 cm)

Accession Number

RES.24.17

Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; twill-weave ground, embroidered (shishû), couched (koma-nui)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles