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Kabuki costume (uchikake)

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Red wool uchikake suitable for the role of akahime, or red princess. Appliqued and embroidered with phoenix in gold-metallic thread on the center back, flowing water and chrysanthemums.

Provenance

1978, purchased in Tokyo by Heidi and Claus Colsman-Freyberger; 2010, gift of the Colsman-Freybergers to the MFA (Accession Date: January, 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Heidi and Claus Colsman-Freyberger

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th centuries

Dimensions

Center back: 182.9 cm (72 in.)

Accession Number

2011.33

Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with metallic thread and appliqued with wool and cotton plain weave, plastic

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes