green silk panel with circular linear pattern made up of small, round white circles; star shapes with rounded edges in blue, gold and maroon, forming a repeating pattern

Fragment with shippo tsunagi motif, late 19th-early 20th century

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2019 Accession Highlight

Textiles are an intrinsic part of life across all cultures throughout history. No other medium at once communicates social standing, cultural values, and aesthetics while also carrying out a functional purpose. 40 years ago, Thomas Murray began to develop an affinity for the cultures and artwork of numerous peoples he encountered during his travels all over the world and he decided to become an art dealer concentrating on textiles. Since then he has placed objects in more than thirty museums on four continents. He has developed to one of the leading experts on ethnographic textiles in the world and has lectured widely. Thomas’ interest in Japanese textiles stems from spending a year in Japan beginning in late 1982. It was then when he first encountered textiles of the Ainu people and the Okinawan Islands and he focused his collecting on these two areas plus folk textiles from Japan’s mainland.

This donation group consists of 47 items (see attached list) valued at $485,200.

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green silk panel with circular linear pattern made up of small, round white circles; star shapes with rounded edges in blue, gold and maroon, forming a repeating pattern