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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Triangular Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of two dragons, with glass eyes, and clouds in various shades of blue, red, pink, and green silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a dark blue embroidered plain-weave hemp ground; natural plain-weave silk backing; possibly...

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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: [1] 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, late Edo or Meiji era, 19th century

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60 x 84 cm (23 5/8 x 33 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bast fiber (hemp?) plain-weave ground, silk embroidery (shishû), gold metallic thread couching (koma-nui), glass


Textiles and Fashion Arts