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Noh costume (chôken)

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Noh theater dancing cloak (chôken) for female role with design of weeping cherry branches falling from the shoulders with front and back panels in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a light blue silk gauze ground.


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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111.8 x 214.0 cm (44 x 84 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk complex gauze-weave (ro) ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in plain-weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts