Woman's fire hood (hikeshi-zukin)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


53 x 67 cm (20 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hood: plain-weave, fulled wool, appliqued with gilt leather; ties: plain-weave silk; lining: twill-weave silk ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (kinran)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Hood of black fulled wool with white silk ties and design of appliquéd diamond-shaped crests (mon) of gilt leather on either side; lined with black plain-weave silk and dark blue twill-weave silk with design of peonies in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; edged with silk and gilt paper strip binding.

Wool was possibly imported from Holland.


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