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Gift cover (fukusa)

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Gift cover (fukusa) with design of two peacocks in green, blue, yellow, brown, gray and white silk and metallic gold thread on a dark blue silk ground. Lined with red silk crepe and with black silk tassels at the corners.


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 early Meiji era, second half of 19th century

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Height x width: 30 5/16 x 26 3/4 in. (77 x 68 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; metallic thread, glass: padded silk and metallic-thread embroidery, glass eye


Textiles and Fashion Arts