Gift cover (fukusa)

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 27 1/8 x 27 3/4 in. (68.9 x 70.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; satin-weave with supplementary weft patterning; plain-weave wool backing

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of cranes and flowers in white, green, tan, blue, pink and gold supplementary weft patterning on black satin ground; red plain-weave wool backing with tassels at each corner. Inscription (sales tag in Japanese): “brocade with flower and bird design.” Number in Chinese character.


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