Gift cover (fukusa)

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 88.6 x 69.9 cm (34 7/8 x 27 1/2 in.) Other (Corner Tassels): 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The ground is of dark blue satin embroidered with various shades of gray, light blue, pink, green and yellow silk and gold thread, are two falcons on perches. Lined with red crêpe and with small white silk tassels at the corners.


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