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Kimono (uchikake)

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Outer robe (uchikake) with long sleeves and padded hem and design of scenes from the "Tale of Genji"; three family crests at center back and shoulders; lined with red silk with butterflies and splattered gold paint brushed through a screen (sunago).


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on May 5, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th century

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191.8 x 124.5 cm (75.5 CB x 49 in.)

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Silk plain-weave, hand drawn paste resist-dyed and painted (yûzen), embroidered (shishû) with silk and gilt paper strips, couched with gold-wrapped thread (koma-nui), applied gold leaf


Textiles and Fashion Arts