MFA 35.1968, Fragment of silk, Japan (9th or 10th century)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 35.1968. 17.4 x 22.5 cm (6 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.) (Gift of Yamanaka & Co.).
Textile fragment with design of floral motifs and latticework in yellow supplementary weft patterning on a yellow twill-weave silk ground. .
Summary of results
Two golden yellow and one blue samples were analyzed. Berberine and other alkanoids were identified. The dyeing source was a protoberberine type, probably amur cork tree.