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Purple silk gauze Noh theater dancing cloak (chôken) for female role with double-width sleeves with designs of wisteria (fuji), flowing water and fans in white, green, yellow, red and gilt paper-wrapped thread supplemental weft patterning.


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, Edo period, 18th century

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Overall: 121.6 x 211.1 cm (47 7/8 x 83 1/8 in.) (Max) Center front: 121.6 cm (47 7/8 in.) Center back: 113 cm (44 1/2 in.) Length (collar height): 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.) Other (overall for storage): 121.9cm (48in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk gauze ground with silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts