Sword cover (katana bukuro)

Edo period
18th or 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 56 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (143.8 x 13.3 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper strips; plain-weave ground with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sword cover with design of dragons and peonies in green and orange silk and gilt paper strip supplementary weft patterning. The cover is constructed of a length of fabric folded over and stitched on three sides and lined with iridescent purple plain-weave silk. There is a single carrier loop along one 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