Gift cover (fukusa)

Japanese
Edo period
late 18th or early 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

51.12 x 54.61 cm (20 1/8 x 21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.3812

Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu), silk embroidery (shishû) and gold metallic thread couching (koma-nui)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Gift cover (fukusa) with design of flower-filled basket on a cart embroidered in purple, pink, reddish-orange, green, white and black silk floss and couched with gold metallic thread on a white silk damask ground with woven repeating crane and floral pattern; reddish-orange plain-weave silk backing.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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