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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for male role, with an overall design of a fish scale pattern (uroko) in dark blue and white with cart wheels (genji guruma) and half submerged cart wheels (katawaguruma) in white, blue, green, pale yellow and orange silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; ...

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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. 18 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 period, 18th century

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161.0 x 144.8 cm (63 3/8 CB includes collar x 57 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk 2/1 twill with silk supplementary patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill and silk patterning weft floats


Textiles and Fashion Arts