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Noh costume (chôken)

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Noh theater dancing cloak (chôken) for female role with design of pinks and bands of mist in blue, pink, green, orange and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a purple silk gauze ground.


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. 29a 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, late 18th or early 19th century

Object Place



108.0 x 204.5 cm (42 1/2 x 80.5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts