Gift cover (fukusa)

Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 24 1/4 x 22 3/4 in. (61.6 x 57.8 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; twill-weave ground with supplementary weft patterning

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of alternating bands of chrysanthemums, dragons, and floral motifs in blue, pink, orange gold, green and white silk supplementary weft patterning on a twill-weave ground; reddish-orange plain-weave silk backing and gold silk tassels at each corner. Fabric possibly made in China.


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