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Gift cover (fukusa)

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Gift cover (fukusa) with crest of bamboo, pine, and plum, the "Three Friends of Winter" (shochikubai) and kashiwa in dark brown on a tan ground, and a dark blue border with scrolling vine motif; pink plain-weave silk backing.


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 19th century

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Height x width: 27 x 26 5/8 in. (68.6 x 67.6 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; cut and uncut velvet


Textiles and Fashion Arts