Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo to Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 31 x 26 1/2 in. (78.7 x 67.3 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic threads; satin-weave ground, embroidered (shishû), couched (koma-nui)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of rooster on a drum (kanko-dori), a hen and three chicks and chrysanthemums in black, gold, red, purple, green, blue, brown, tan and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a light blue silk satin ground; dark blue silk satin backing with central butterfly motif couched in gold metallic thread.

“The Drum with Fowls” motif is associated with a Chinese proverb indicating that “all is well.” The addition of the hen and chicks symbolizes peace and prosperity within the family. This imagery is appropriate for a New Year’s gift or various Shinto ceremonies celebrating milestones in one’s life.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection