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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for male role, with overall design of alternating blocks of color and design (dangawari) which consists of blue, brown, green and natural ecru plaid and paulownia (kiri) and swastika (manji) motifs on a reddish-orange ground along the top and bottom of the robe and a...

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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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

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144.8 x 128.9 cm (57 x 50 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk 5/1 twill ikat-dyed ground with warp ikat (kasuri) and supplementary silk patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order


Textiles and Fashion Arts