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Picture of Shojo, a character from a Noh play, embroidered in reddish-orange, blue, green and pink silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread on a black wool ground. The reverse side has a painting of lilies and roses on a natural ecru silk ground.


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, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th century

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Height x width: 27 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (69.2 x 55.2 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, gold metallic thread; embroidered and couched


Textiles and Fashion Arts