Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) with design of overall repeating pattern of Chinese fans and weeping cherry blossoms in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a brown twill-weave silk ground; lined with light orange plain-weave silk and padded at the hem.
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Meiji era, 19th century
Overall: 177.8 x 125.1 cm (70 x 49 1/4 in.) Other (Collar): 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave