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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe for a female role (karaori) patterned with Genji cart (gosho guruma) and iris-covered book motifs in blue, orange, purple, white silk supplemental weft patterning on reddish-orange ground with a repeating pine bark lozenge design (matsukawa-bishi) in gold. There is a...

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Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $700 [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. 82 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Costumes from the Hirase Collection (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178) were purchased from Yamanaka & Co. individually, along with part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), which were sold as a group for $7500. The total sale was $9,969.25.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo era, 19th century

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175.3 x 141 cm (69 CB w/xcollar x 55 1/2 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill with silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts