Gift cover (fukusa)
Edo or Meiji era
second half of 19th century
Object Place: Japan
Height x width: 36 x 28 3/8 in. (91.4 x 72.1 cm)
Medium or Technique
Silk, gold metallic thread; satin-weave ground, embroidered (shishû), couched (koma-nui)
Not On View
Gift cover (fukusa) with central design of cart used in Gion Festival in red, blue, green, pink, purple, brown, black, white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a light blue silk satin ground; reddish-orange silk damask backing with woven bamboo pattern and red silk tassels at each corner.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection