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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita) with overall design of young pines, cherry blossoms and paulownia on diagonal bands of dark blue, green, and red created by the warp ikat technique (kasuri). Some embroidered leaves and flowers added at worn areas (shoulder, hem, and collar).


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, Edo period, late 18th to early 19th century

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Overall: 156.2 x 135.9 cm (61 1/2 x 53 1/2 in.) Other (Overall): 149.9 cm (59 in.) CB without collar Other (Collar): 12.7cm (5in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill with ikat-dyed warps (kasuri) and supplementary silk patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts