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Kimono (furisode)

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Long-sleeved black silk crepe robe (furisode), worn by noblewoman at court, with design of maple trees, clouds and cherry blossoms embroidered in orange, green, orange, red, gold and white silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread.


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, 19th century

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159.4 x 123.8 cm (62 3/4 x 48 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk crepe plain weave embroidered with silk and couched wilth gold metallic wrapped thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts