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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) composed of fourteen fragments of silk with various floral motifs and dragon roundels stitched together to form a square; lined with natural plain-weave hemp with inscription in hand-painted ink.

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Provenance

From the Estate of Alfred Greenough; gift of Charles Henry Parker to the MFA on April 9, 1885

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

52 x 53 cm (20 1/2 x 20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

85.48

Medium or Technique

Silk damask, silk twill-weave with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, hemp plain-weave, ink hand-painted

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Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles