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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita) with overall design of alternating rows of parrot roundels and peonies on a pinkish-red background of vertical wavy lines (tatewaku) and leaves in greenish-yellow, green, reddish-orange and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; white plain-weave silk...

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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, Late Edo or early Meiji era, 19th century

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167.6 x 126.4 cm (66 CB w/collar x 49.75 in. )

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Silk; satin-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts