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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe for female roles (karaori) of alternating color blocks of white and purple patterned with sails, pines and mist in blue, orange, green, purple, white and tan silk and concentric waves (seigaiha) in gilt paper. There is a red plain-weave silk lining.


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. 4 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. Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo era, early 19th century

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147.3 x 137.8 cm (58 x 54.25 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill with resist-dyed warps and supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts