Gift cover (fukusa)

Japanese
Edo or Meiji era
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

66 x 74.5 cm (26 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.546

Medium or Technique

Silk; twill compound weave, embroidered with silk and couched with gold metallic thread

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

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.

Provenance

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on May 4, 1922

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection