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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for a male role, with design of ikat-dyed (kasuri) alternating blocks of color (dangawari) in reddish-orange and natural ecru silk damask ground woven with repeating crane motifs and overall design of floral roundels and tortoiseshell hexagon clusters (kikkô-mon) in...

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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 $200 [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. 97 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, Meiji era, early 20th century

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163.8 x 134.6 cm (64.5CB w/collar x 53 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk damask, ikat-dyed (kasuri), silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts