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Fukusa

Fukusa

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    second half 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven silk, gold thread

  • Museum number:

    T.262-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This textile cover is called a 'fukusa'. Traditionally in Japan, gifts were placed in a box on a tray, over which a fukusa was draped. The choice of a fukusa appropriate to the occasion was an important part of the gift-giving ritual. This fukusa is woven with a design of cranes which are a symbol og longevity in Japan.

Physical description

Gift cover (fukusa) of tapestry woven silk depicting cranes. Silk with a navy blue ground on which are four cranes woven with grey, white and blue feathers, and picked out with gold thread. There is a plain strip of white at the top and bottom of the panel. Sewn to one corner is a paper tab with an inscription in Japanese.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

second half 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven silk, gold thread

Dimensions

Length: 72.5 cm, Width: 65.0 cm

Descriptive line

Gift cover (fukusa) of tapestry woven silk, Japan (Edo), second half of 19th century

Materials

Silk

Techniques

Tapestry weave

Subjects depicted

Cranes

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry

Collection code

EAS

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