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Kimono (katabira)

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Undyed ramie summer kimono (katabira) with long sleeves, probably for a women of the samurai class, patterned allover with river scene and peony, chrysanthemum, wisteria, and cherry blossoms (goshodoki); some architectural elements and warrior's helmut and fan scattered throughout, possibly...

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1888, purchased by James MacMaster Codman (1831-1917) of Brookline, MA in Japan and imported to the United States; by descent to William Churchill, Sudbury MA; gift of Churchill to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

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Gift of the family of James M. Codman of Lincoln, Massachusetts

Japanese, Late Edo period, mid 18th–mid 19th century

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Center back below collar: 158 cm (62 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ramie plain weave, stencil printed (kata-kaneko, suri-hita), painted with sumi ink and embroidered with silk and metallic yarns


Textiles and Fashion Arts