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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for male role, with alternating blocks of color (dangawari) in reddish-orange and natural ecru ikat-dyed (kasuri) twill-weave ground with alternating patterns of The Seven Treasures (shippô-tsunagi) and clouds (kumo) with Chinese gongs (chôban) on a gold...

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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] Possibly No. 11 or 12 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, Meiji or Taishô era, early 20th century

Object Place



161 x 143.9 cm (63 3/8 x 56 5/8 in. )

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts