Sample book of indigo-dyed handwoven textiles with storage box

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 19th century
Paper, woven cotton textiles, lacquered paper
H x W x D: 21.9 × 14.9 × 2.5 cm (8 5/8 × 5 7/8 × 1 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Jeffrey P. Cunard
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Costume and Textile


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan

Unidentified family in Tokyo [1]

Tadashi Morita, Tokyo, purchased the book from an unidentified Tokyo family that had been in the textile business [2]

To 2018
John Ruddy, Santa Fe, New Mexico, purchased from Tadashi Morita in Tokyo [3]

Jeffrey P. Cunard, Washington, DC, purchased from John Ruddy, Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2018 [4]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Jeffrey P. Cunard, Washington, DC [5]


[1] John Ruddy, dealer in Santa Fe purchased the book from Tadashi Morita, who is dealer of mingei textiles and objects in Tokyo, Japan. Tadashi Morita purchased the book from a prominent Tokyo family who had been in the textile business. See correspondence from the dealer John Ruddy, copies in object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

[3] Jeffrey P. Cunard purchased the object from the dealer John Ruddy in 2018. See notes from Jeffrey P. Cunard from Oct. 25, 2018, and the Temporary Custody Receipt, copies in object file, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

[5] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Tadashi Morita
Unknown Tokyo Family
John Ruddy
Jeffrey P. Cunard

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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