Gift cover (fukusa)
Edo or Meiji era
Object Place: Japan
66 x 74.5 cm (26 x 29 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; twill compound weave, embroidered with silk and couched with gold metallic thread
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Gift cover (fukusa) with design of rooster on a drum (kanko-dori) and hanging curtains (kichô) in blue, purple, green, orange, brown, yellow, and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a blue twill-weave silk ground woven with floral pattern; reddish-orange silk crepe (chirimen) backing.
“The Drum with Fowls” motif is associated with a Chinese proverb indicating that “all is well.” 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 May 4, 1922
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection