Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


72.71 x 789.94 cm (28 5/8 x 311 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; satin embroidered with silk and couched with gold-metallic thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) depicting “the thousand cranes” and sun in white, tan, gold, black and red silk embroidery on a light blue silk satin ground; reddish-orange silk crepe (chirimen) backing with red silk tassels (fusa) 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)

[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