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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) for female role with alternating blocks of color in light blue, green and reddish-orange delineated by ikat-dyed warp threads and an overall design of lilies and pinks in silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over a diagonal lattice pattern in gilt paper...

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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, Meiji era, 19th century

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162.6 x 143.5 cm (64 CB w/collar x 56.5 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk 1/2 twill ground, ikat-dyed (kasuri); supplementary silk and gilt paper patterning wefts tied in 2/1 twill order


Textiles and Fashion Arts