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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki)

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Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki), made from several pieces stitched together, with design of maple leaves and chrysanthemum embroidered with silk and couched with gold metallic thread on a hand tie-dyed white silk satin ground; lined with white and pink plain-weave silk. This altar cloth is made...

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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, Meiji era, late 19th century, made from 17th century fabric

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209.6 x 209.8 cm (82 1/2 x 82 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground, pieced, tie resist-dyed (kanoko shibori), embroidered (shishû) with silk, couched (koma nui) with gold-wrapped thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts