Gift cover (fukusa) or altar cloth (uchishiki)

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 34 5/8 x 33 3/4 in. (87.9 x 85.7 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave embroidered with silk (shishû) and couched (koma-nui) with gold-wrapped thread

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Altar cloth or gift cover (fukusa) of red silk satin square-shaped altar cloth with design on one half of scattered flowers and flower roundels embroidered in green, blue, red, white, pink, brown silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; on the other half in dense pattern of intertwining flowers and leaves embroidered in polychrome silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread and edged with a border composed of stylized cloud motifs in couched gold-wrapped thread.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on May 5, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection