Storage bag (shifuku) for tea-ceremony utensil

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silk with gold threads
  • Dimension

    H x W (flat): 27 x 27.3 cm (10 5/8 x 10 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Peach silk background with green, white and gold dragons and flowers. There are two separate floral motifs composed of large blue, white and gold flowers along with brown, white and gold flowers. There is a metallic gold thread woven into the designs. There is a gold silk rope drawstring. The interior is lined with green silk.
  • Provenance

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), method of acquisition unknown [1]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]
    [1] This bag once held a ceramic owned by Charles Lang Freer but was separated from that ceramic at an unknown time for an unknown reason, most likely after Freer's collection was brought to Washington, DC (see note 2).
    [2] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920, upon the completion of the Freer Gallery of Art.
    Research Completed on March 23, 2022
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection, Smithsonian Institution
  • Type

    Costume and Textile
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