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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 green and alternating designs of white plaid and wheel motifs (Genji garuma) in purple, white, orange, blue and gold silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over a large white...

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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 $100 [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. 87 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 period, 19th century

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Overall: 150.5 x 134.6 cm (59 1/4 CB x 53 in.) Other (Collar): 15.2cm (6in.) Exhibition height = 62 1/4

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Medium or Technique

Silk; 5/1 twill ground, ikat-dyed (kasuri) with discontinuous and continuous silk supplementary patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order (karaori)


Textiles and Fashion Arts