Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki) made of three lengths stitched together with design of ship's sails, waves and leaves in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a green silk twill ground; plain-weave bast fiber (hemp?) backing.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, first half 19th century
180.3 x 179.7 cm (71 x 70 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (kinran)