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Noh costume (karaori)

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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...

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Provenance

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

Japan

Dimensions

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

15.1146

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

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes