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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe with alternating blocks of color and design (dangawari) including stylized gongs (chôban), trailing clouds (kumo), crane roundels (tsuru), and lightening bolts (inazuma) in reddish-orange, blue, green, red, purple, white, brown silk and gilt paper-wrapped thread discontinuous...

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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, Meiji era, early 20th century

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154.3 x 142.2 cm (60 3/4 x 56 in.)

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Silk, 5/1 twill ground patterned with gilt-paper strips tied in 1/2 twill order, silk weft floats, hand-painted


Textiles and Fashion Arts