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Noh costume (karaori)

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Dark red silk Noh theater robe (karaori) for female role with an overall design of snow-covered camellia branches and birds in gold, blue, red, pink, green and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts with a background of stylized clouds in gilt paper discontinuous supplementary...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th century

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163.2 x 139.7 cm (64 1/4 CB w/collar x 55 in. )

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Silk; twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts