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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe for a male role (atsuita) of alternating blocks of color (dangawari) in red, purple, green and pale green and overall design of Chinese flowers (karahana) and wheels between undulating vertical lines in green, pink, gold, purple, orange and gilt paper supplemental weft...

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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 $300 [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. 96 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. Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th century

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163.5 x 148.6 cm (64.375 CB w/collar x 58.5 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill ground ikat-dyed, patterned with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts