Sword cover (katana bukuro)
18th or 19th century
Object Place: Japan
Height x width: 52 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (133.7 x 8.9 cm)
Medium or Technique
Silk, gilt paper strips; twill-weave ground with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave
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Sword cover (katana bukuro) with design of dragons in white and reddish-orange silk and gilt paper strip supplementary weft patterning on a purple silk ground. The cover is constructed of a length of fabric folded over and stitched on three sides and lined with yellow plain-weave silk.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection