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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) for female robe with a pale, reddish-orange ground and overall design of plum blossoms (ume) in pink, light and dark blue, purple, orange silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over a cyprus latticework fence (higaki) in gilt paper strip discontinuous...

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Provenance

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. 8 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Kimono

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

154.6 x 135.9 cm (60.875 CB w/collar x 53.5 in. )

Accession Number

15.1152

Medium or Technique

Silk; twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps tied in twill-weave; later embroidery

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes