Storage bag (shifuku) for tea-ceremony utensil

Light blue silk background with numerous motifs throughout: flower and branch with leaves, small blossoms, and green and white butterflies and flowers along with silver and white flowers. There is a gold silk rope drawstring. The interior is lined with white silk.

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Medium
Silk with gold and silver threads
Dimensions
H x W (flat): 25.5 x 30 cm (10 1/16 x 11 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection, Smithsonian Institution
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-T-14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Costume and Textile
Type

Bag

Keywords
butterfly, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), tea
Provenance

?-1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), method of acquisition unknown [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]

Notes:
[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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Light blue silk background with numerous motifs throughout: flower and branch with leaves, small blossoms, and green and white butterflies and flowers along with silver and white flowers. There is a gold silk rope drawstring. The interior is lined with white silk.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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