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Probably an altar cloth (uchishiki) made into a gift cover (fukusa)
Probably an altar cloth (uchishiki) made into a gift cover (fukusa)
Date:
early 19th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Tapestry
Dimensions:
70.5 x 69.5 cm (27 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Asia
Accession Number:
54694.9
Acquisition Date:
1935-12-13
Credit Line:

Gift of Miss Carlotta Mabury

The diagonal bisecting of the design indicates that the textile was originally woven for use as an altar cloth. The addition of the orange backing and surround, along with the tassels and the surface stitching are not typical of uchishiki and suggest the piece was remade as a gift cover (fukusa). Similar to 54694.8 but more successful and probably earlier. Notice the difference in the red ground color in this example and in 54694.8: both are probably dyed with safflower (beni), but in this example (-.9), this very light-fugitive dye has faded somewhat, whereas there is no fading in -.8 (this could also indicate that the dye used in -.8 was synthetic -- needs to be tested)..