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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita) of alternating blocks of color and design including dragon (ryu) roundels, stylized gongs (choban) and floral motifs on interlocking fretwork patterns (sayagata) in reddish-orange, blue, purple, green, pink, gilt paper-wrapped thread and natural ecru supplemental weft...

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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, late 19th to early 20th century

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153.7 x 136.5 cm (60 1/2 x 53 3/4 in.)

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Silk 5/1 twill ground, ikat-dyed (kasuri), patterned with silk and gilt-paper supplementary wefts tied in twill; bottom of robe patterned in 1/5 twill


Textiles and Fashion Arts