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Fukusa (gift cover)

Fukusa (gift cover)

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    second half 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven silk, gold thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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)


second half 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven silk, gold thread


Length: 72.5 cm, Width: 65.0 cm

Descriptive line

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




Tapestry weave

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Tapestry


East Asia Collection

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