Gift Cover (Fukusa; Japan)

Embroidered gift cover (fukusa) from Japan, mid-19th century. Embroidered gift cover (fukusa) from Japan, mid-19th century. Copyright Victoria & Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 701-1868.

An embroidered and black velvet gift cover (fukusa) from Japan, dating to the mid-nineteenth century, is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The embroidery is worked in silk and Japanese thread (gold-wrapped thread). The cover measures 76 x 67.1 cm.

The embroidery depicts the legend of the elderly couple of Jo and Uba. After their death their spirits went to an old pine tree on the island where they used to live. They adopt a human form on moonlit nights.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 4 September 2016).

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