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Length of silk for sash (obi)

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Length of fabric for a sash (obi) with design of repeating rows of dragon arabesques in gold and blue silk


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, Edo period, 19th century

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Overall (Full loom width): 102.2 x 67.3 cm (40 1/4 x 26 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; supplementary warp and weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts