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Gift cover (fukusa)

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Gift cover (fukusa) with design of an elderly couple (Jô and Uba) standing under a pine tree at the edge of the water, two flying cranes and two tortoises embroidered in green, red, blue, white, brown and black silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread with some hand-painting on a light blue...

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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, late Edo or Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th century

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66 x 74 cm (26 x 29 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground embroidered and couched with silk and gold-metallic thread, hand-painted with gold


Textiles and Fashion Arts