Gift cover (fukusa)

late Edo period
early 19th century


Height x width: 23 x 20 1/8 in. (58.4 x 51.1 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; compound-weave, embroidered

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of floral roundels on a diamond latticework pattern in blue, green, gold, reddish-orange and white supplementary patterning; reddish-orange silk crepe (chirimen) backing with white silk embroidered crest of ivy (oni-zuta) at one corner and pink and white silk tassels at each corner.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection