Gift Cover


From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Fukusa
Object Number 21107
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese
Provenience Japan
Date Made -1898
Section Asian
Materials Satin | Silk (uncertain) | Gold (uncertain) | Crepe (uncertain)
Technique Embroidered
Iconography Staff | Bells | Fan | Box | Noh | Okina

Embroidered gift cover (fukusa) for honoring the New Year. The design motifs include a staff of bells (suzu), a fan with peony blossoms, a sprig of plum blossoms, and a stationary box. Bells are used for decoration on objects and animals for festive occasions. They also refer to the Okina, a ritual prayer that opens a Noh performance. The box likely refers to either the box that a Noh mask is stored in during the Okina or it may suggest the first writing of the year (kakizome) wherein someone writes out auspicious characters or poems which are then ritually burned.

Length 64 cm
Width 65 cm
Credit Line Gift of Miss Livingston, 1898

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