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Sword cover (katana bukuro)

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Sword cover (katana bukuro) with design of chrysanthemum (kiku) and scrolling vine (karakusa) in dark blue cut pile silk on a natural ecru silk satin ground. The cover is made from a length fabric folded over and stitched on three sides and is lined with purple plain-weave silk.


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, 18th or 19th century

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Height x width: 42 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (107.3 x 11.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; voided velvet, cut pile, with satin-weave ground


Textiles and Fashion Arts