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Noh costume (nuihaku)

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White silk satin Noh theater robe covered with a variety of crests (mon) including that of a crane (tsuru), stars (hoso), maple leaf (momiji), butterfly (chocho), phoenix (ho-o) and swastika (manju) embroidered in blue, green, orange, purple, gray silk floss and applied gold leaf. At the bottom...

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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, Edo period, 18th century

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149.9 x 139.7 cm (59 x 55 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; satin embroidered with silk and gold metallic thread, applied gold leaf


Textiles and Fashion Arts