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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe for a male role (atsuita) with a green ground and overall design of peonies in light green, orange, pale blue, pale yellow and brown silk and undulating vertical lines (tatewaku) in white silk supplemental weft patterning. There is a reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining.


Kuroda of Fukuoka Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $7500 [see note 2]. (Accession date: October 7, 1915) NOTES: [1] Bigelow arranged the transaction and transport of the costumes on behalf of the MFA. [2] No. 13 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), purchased as a group for $7500. Costumes from the Hirose Collection were also purchased from Yamanaka & Co. at this time (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178), the total sale $9,969.25.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo period, late 17th to early 18th century

Object Place



143.5 x 139.7 cm (56 1/2 x 55 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill with supplementary silk and gilt-paper wefts tied


Textiles and Fashion Arts