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Length of silk for sash (obi)

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Length of silk for sash (obi) with design of repeating flowers and leaves in blue, green, white, and gold silk supplementary weft patterning on a light brown silk 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: [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 ear, late 19th century

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Overall: 335.3 x 24.1 cm (132 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Silk; twill-weave ground with supplementary weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts