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Gift cover (fukusa)

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Gift cover (fukusa) with design of flying and standing cranes hand-painted in sumi ink with clouds and mountains in applied gold leaf and two stamps in red ink on a creme twill-weave silk ground; light blue silk satin backing with sword-flower crest (ken-katabami) couched in black silk and black...

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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: 32 7/8 x 26 in. (83.5 x 66 cm)

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Silk; twill-weave ground, hand-painted ink, applied gold leaf; Reverse: silk, satin-weave, couched silk


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