Sword cover (bukuro)

Edo period
18th or 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 57 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (147 x 18.4 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sword cover with design of peonies and scrolling vines in orange silk supplementary weft patterning on lengthwise bands of green, blue and orange silk ground. The cover is constructed of a length of fabric folded together and stitched on three sides with an iridescent purple plain-weave silk lining. There is a gold braided silk cord attached along one lengthwise side.


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