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Dark blue silk Noh theater cloak with round neck, double-width sleeves and overall design of plum trees and round paulownia crests in gold supplemental weft patterning. There are twisted reddish-orange silk cords held by carriers at the edge of each sleeve and a plain weave purple silk lining.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Edo period, late 18th to early 19th century

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151.1 x 193.7 cm (59 1/2 x 76 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave ground, gilt paper-covered silk thread supplemental weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts