Purple silk gauze summer robe (hitoe), worn by woman of samurai rank, with overall landscape pattern (goshodoki) of flowers, leaves, water, pine and a veranda with screen (sudare) and koto in green, orange, brown silk embroidery and metallic gold-wrapped thread couching.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift to the MFA on May 5, 1921
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 19th century
Overall (CB + 1/2 of collar measurement X width): 171.8 x 118.1 cm (67 5/8 x 46 1/2 in.) Other (Collar): 10.8cm (4 1/4in.) Center back: 166.4 cm (65 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk gauze weave with stencil and hand drawn paste resist-dyed and painted (yûzen), embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread.