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Woven hanging

Woven hanging. Blue silk ground with gold brocade. Motif includes: two central dragons surrounded by four additional dragons and clouds. At the top are two phoenixes and at the bottom ocean waves with mountains rising from them. A plain gold border surrounds the the entire piece.


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: 210.8 x 141 cm (83 x 55 1/2 in.)

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Textiles and Fashion Arts