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Noh costume (atsuita)

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Noh theater robe (atsuita), for a male role, with design of alternating color blocks (dangawari) of green and light brown with lightning (inazuma) and braided fence (higaki) designs in darker shades of green and brown with superimposed Chinese flower medallions; lined with violet plain-weave silk.


Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $65 [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. 99 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Costumes from the Hirase Collection (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178) were purchased from Yamanaka & Co. individually, along with part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), which were sold as a group for $7500. The total sale was $9,969.25.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Object Place



175.9 x 147.3 cm (69.25 w/collar x 58 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, 5/1 twill with warp and weft stripe; patterned in 1/5 twill order


Textiles and Fashion Arts