Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) with design of scrolling vine with leaves and fruit in gilt paper strip and outlined in pale green silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground; lined with natural plain-weave hemp.
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, Edo period, 19th century
68 x 67 cm (26 3/4 x 26 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave