Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 8 3/4 x 6 in. (22.2 x 15.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, weft face plain-weave, silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Purse-like bag with design of flying cranes in white, black, tan, purple, and reddish-orange silk and gilt paper supplementary discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a ground of curving bands of color in light and dark green, purple and silver gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; purple plain-weave silk lining. This bag was possibly used to hold articles for use in tea ceremony (fukusa basami). Companion to case 11.3998b.


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

Bigelow Collection. Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow