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Noh costume (happi)

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Noh theater jacket (happi) for high-ranking warrior role with double-width sleeves and overall repeating pattern of a hexongal tortoiseshell grid (kikkô-mon) and large leaf floral pinwheel motifs in natural ecru, reddish-orange, blue, purple, green and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary...

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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, 19th century

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107 x 186.7 cm (42 1/8 x 73 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, satin-weave ground with silk and gilt paper-wrapped silk thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts