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Fukusa (gift cover)

Fukusa (gift cover)

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin-weave silk embroidered with colour silks and gilt thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Brigadier W.T.O. Crewdon CBE, in memory of Mr and Mrs W. Crewdson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fukusa or gift cover of blue silk satin, embroidered with gilt thread and shades of green, white, black, orange, and buff silks in couched work, satin and long and short stitches; depicting blossoming Nandina laden with snow and two small birds beneath.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin-weave silk embroidered with colour silks and gilt thread

Marks and inscriptions

'12 Blue shusu with very fine old embroidery in design of flowers and birds. About 170 years old. Hogitaro Inada.'
inscribed on a label on the back


Length: 28 in, Width: 26.5 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1945/680.

Descriptive line

Fukusa or gift cover, satin-weave silk embroidered with colour silks and gilt thread, Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Takemura, Akihiko. Fukusa: Japanese gift covers. Tokyo: Iwasaki Bijutsu-sha, 1991, Plate 105. ISBN 475341325X


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Gold thread


Satin weave; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Birds; Plants


Textiles; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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