Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 112.7 × 90.2 cm (44 3/8 × 35 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; satin, embroidered with silk and gold-metallic thread, gold-leaf

Out on Loan

Out On Loan


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gift cover (fukusa) with design of men (with character for “happiness” on robe) in a tug of war competition as part of a local summer festival in white, green, pink, red, brown and blue silk embroidery and gold paint on a dark blue satin ground. Lined with red silk crepe with gold 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