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Length of silk from Noh costume (karaori)

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Length of silk from a Noh theater robe (karaori) with design of Genji wheels, chrysanthemum, peony and weeping cherry blossoms in blue, green, pink, purple, orange, yellow, black and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a white twill-weave silk ground.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 18th or 19th century

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Overall: 395 x 22cm (155 1/2 x 8 11/16in.)

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Silk; 2/1 twill ground with gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order; silk patterning weft floats


Textiles and Fashion Arts