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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of four rows of peony roundels alternating in white and reddish-orange silk on a ground of stylized tortoise-shell pattern (bishamon-kikkô) in green silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with natural...

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On the back is a calligraphic inscription hand-painted in sumi which states that the cloth was donated in honor of the 350th anniversary of the death of Ren-nyo, a celebrated Buddhist priest, on March 15th, sometime in the 1860s.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on October 6, 1902

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese, Edo period, mid-19th century

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134 x 133.5 cm (52 3/4 x 52 9/16 in.)

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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