Gift cover (fukusa)

Japanese
Meiji era
late 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 27 1/8 x 27 3/4 in. (68.9 x 70.5 cm)

Accession Number

11.3940

Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; satin-weave with supplementary weft patterning; plain-weave wool backing

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Gift cover (fukusa) with design of cranes and flowers in white, green, tan, blue, pink and gold supplementary weft patterning on black satin ground; red plain-weave wool backing with tassels at each corner. Inscription (sales tag in Japanese): “brocade with flower and bird design.” Number in Chinese character.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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