Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo period
mid-19th century

Object Place: Japan


70.17 x 90.8 cm (27 5/8 x 35 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; satin-weave ground, embroidered (shishû), couched (koma nui)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of “Ship of Good Fortune” (takarabune) filled with the Myriad Treasures (takaramono) associated with the Seven Gods of Good Luck (shichifukujin) in green, blue, brown, reddish-orange, black and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a light blue silk satin ground; reddish-orange plain-weave crepe silk backing and twisted black silk and gold metallic thread cord tassels at each corner. The Ship of Good Fortune is typically associated with the New Year.


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