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Kimono (uchikake)

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Outer robe (uchikake) with padded hem and overall repeating pattern of light blue scrolling vine (karakusa) and light blue, dark blue and gold stylized lotus motifs on a natural ecru ground; reddish-orange (benibana) silk crepe lining that is also visible along the outer 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: [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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th century

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172.7 x 124.5 cm (68 x 49 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk lampas, gilt paper strips


Textiles and Fashion Arts