Noh theater dancing cloak (chôken) for female role with design of cherry branches, maple leaves and swirling water in silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a white silk gauze ground.
Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $85 [see note 2]. (Accession date: October 7, 1915) NOTES:  Bigelow arranged the transaction and transport of the costumes on behalf of the MFA.  No. 102 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 18th century
Center back (with collar): 115.3 cm (45 3/8 in.) Overall: 124.5 x 219.7 cm (49 x 86 1/2 in.) Other (collar): 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; complex gauze (ro) ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in plain-weave