Gift cover (fukusa)

Late Edo or early Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 64 x 63 in. (162.6 x 160 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; plain-weave crepe (chirimen), stenci resist-dyed (katazome), embroidered (shishû ) and couched (koma-nui)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk crêpe gift cover (fuskusa) on which is printed and embroidered with blue, red, green, violet, brown and gold, a design of fans, cherry blossoms and wistaria. Lined with a brocade of violet, gold and red blocks on which is a circular medallion of clouds, dragons and fruit, woven with green, white, red violet and gold. Bound with a narrow brown and white braid.


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