Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) with overall design of maple leaves in red, pink, yellow, green and brown silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a light blue twill-weave silk ground; lined with bright red damask and padded at the bottom.
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, late 19th or early 20th century
Overall: 180.3 x 122.2 cm (71 x 48 1/8 in.) Other (collar height): 12.7cm (5in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; 2/1 twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in 1/2 twill order