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Noh costume (karaori)

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Dark brown silk Noh theater robe with overall design of peonies on cypress fence in green, blue, light brown, purple, orange, white, pink and gold supplemental weft patterning with some later embroidery. There is a reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining.


Kuroda of Fukuoka Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $7500 [see note 2]. (Accession date: October 7, 1915) NOTES: [1] Bigelow arranged the transaction and transport of the costumes on behalf of the MFA. [2] No. 2 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), purchased as a group for $7500. Costumes from the Hirase Collection were also purchased from Yamanaka & Co. at this time (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178), the total sale $9,969.25.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo era, 18th century

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Overall: 151.8 x 134.6 cm (59 3/4 x 53 in.) Other (length of CB without collar): 144.8 cm (57 in.) Length (collar): 139.7 mm (5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts