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Kimono (kosode)

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Cream silk damask robe (kosode) with an overall woven ground pattern of an interlocking swastika motif (manji tsunagi) and surface design of interlacing latticework on a dark brown jagged pine park lozenge pattern (matsukawa-bishi), bamboo rings with leaves and plum blossoms with scrolling...

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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, Genroku era, late 17th to early 18th century

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L x W: 163 x 130 cm (64 3/16 x 51 3/16 in. )

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Silk satin damask (rinzu); hand-painted with carbon dye, stencil tie-dyed (kata kanoko) and embroidered with silk and gilt paper-wrapped thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts