Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo period
18th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 28 3/4 x 27 15/16 in. (73 x 71 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; satin-weave embroidered with silk and gold metallic thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of lions, peony leaves and flowers in blue, green, black and white silk and gold metallic embroidery on a pink silk satin ground; backing is missing.


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