Gift cover (fukusa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


71.44 x 86.68 cm (28 1/8 x 34 1/8 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 the Seven Gods of Good Luck (shichifukujin) carrying the Ship of Good Fortune, deocrated with the Myriad Treasures, through pines in the snow in reddish-orange, green, blue, brown, black and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a light blue silk satin ground; reddish-orange plain-weave silk crepe backing and light green and gold metallic thread twisted cord 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)

[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