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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) for female role with alternating color blocks of tan and blue delineated by ikat-dyed warp threads and overall design of pinks and chrysanthemums in blue, green, yellow and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts.


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, 19th century

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151.1 x 135.9 cm (59 1/2 x 53.5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; 2/1 twill-weave, ikat-dyed (kasuri) silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts