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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) with alternating color blocks of reddish-orange, light brown and light blue and an overall design of wisteria and wild pinks in green, blue, purple, orange and pink silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and clouds in gilt paper discontinuous supplementary...

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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. 3 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


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

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154.8 x 135.3 cm (60 15/16 x 53 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill-weave ground, ikat-dyed warps, gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts