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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for male role, with a light tan twill-weave silk ground and an overall design of blue-black interlocking swastika pattern (manji tsunagi) and dragon (ryu) roundels in purple, light blue, green, yellow-green, reddish-orange and white silk and gilt paper discontinuous...

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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. 17 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 Hirase Collection were also purchased from Yamanaka & Co. at this time (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178), the total sale $9,969.25.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

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133.4 x 131.1 cm (52 1/2 x 51 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk 2/1 twill patterned with silk floats and silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order


Textiles and Fashion Arts