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Gift cover (fukusa)

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Gift cover (fukusa) with design of repeating peony motif in green, blue, yellow, pink, orange and white silk and gilt paper strip supplementary weft patterning on a dark blue twill-weave silk ground; backing missing. Fabric possibly originally made for another purpose.


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, Edo period, 19th century

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Height x width: 26 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (67.3 x 67.3 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper strips; twill-weave ground with supplemtary weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts