Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of flowers, curving vines and auspicious symbols ribbons in light and dark blue, white, brown, green and yellow silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a yellow-gold silk twill-weave ground.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES:  Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, 19th century
75 x 61 cm (29 1/2 x 24 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (nishiki)