Knife cover (tantô bukuro)

Japanese
Edo period
18th or 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Overall: 65 x 8.5 x 0.7 cm (25 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.3784

Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Knife cover (tantô bukuro) with design of flying cranes and clouds in white, brown and red silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a blue twill-weave silk ground. The cover is made from a length of fabric folded over and stitched together on three sides, has a single loop carrier along one side and is lined with natural plain-weave bast-fiber fabric (asa?).

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