MFA 35.1969, Textile fragment with floral design, Japan (Nara period, 8th century)

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Artifact Information

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 35.1969. 11.43 x 8.89 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)

The textile fragment with floral design in blue and yellow silk on a green silk ground is a gift of Yamanaka & Co., Boston, to the MFA on December 5, 1935[1]. The textile is made of silk with supplementary weft patterning.

MFA 35.1969 Silk textile fragment with floral design. The samples were collected by textile curator Masumi Kataoka in 2010 © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Summary of results

red and purple threads were collected for dye analysis, analyzed by Dr. Xian Zhang at Boston University, 2009.


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