User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Noh costume (karaori)

Start collecting

Noh theater costume (karaori), for a female role, with design of cherry blossoms (sakura) in blue, green, reddish-orange and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over a cypress fence pattern (higaki) in gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a twill-weave...

Show Full Description


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. 1 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

Object Place



Overall: 148.6 x 138.4cm (58 1/2 x 54 1/2in.) Other (Overall): 156.2cm (61 1/2in.) Other (Collar): 13.3cm (5 1/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, 2/1 twill with supplementary gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill; silk weft floats; embroidered at a later date


Textiles and Fashion Arts