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Textile sample with design of "The Legend of Urushima Taro" depicting Taro, a fisherman, riding on the back of a tortoise on his way to a magical undersea kingdom, with the island of Urushima in the distance, in light and dark gray, blue, green, purple, brown and white, created by the yûzen...

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA in August, 1898

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Late Edo to early Meiji era, Late 19th century

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26.0 x 40.3 cm (10 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper strips; plain-weave crepe (chirimen), hand drawn paste resist-dyed and painted (yûzen), embroidered (shishû, takeyamachi-nui)


Textiles and Fashion Arts