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Woven hanging

Woven hanging. Blue silk ground with gold brocade. Motif includes: two phoenixes in the clouds, algae, peonies, chrysanthemums and other unidentified flowers. Border of gold brocade chrysanthemum flowers. Two dragons at top, separated from rest of piece by a bar of gold brocade bao xiang.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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

Chinese or possibly Japanese, 1850–1911


Length x width: 198.1 x 137.2 cm (78 x 54 in.)

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Textiles and Fashion Arts