Sword cover (katana bukuro)

Japanese
Late Edo or early Meiji era
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Overall: 89.5 x 14 x 0.5 cm (35 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.3779

Medium or Technique

Silk; extended plain-weave variation (honeysuckle pattern)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Sword cover (katana bukuro) with design of woven gridwork rounded squares in dark and medium blue and yellow-gold silk and lined with brown and dark blue striped plain-weave silk. The cover is made from a length of fabric folded together lengthwise and stitched on three sides to form a sheath and has a narrow blue silk tie attached along one long side.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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