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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) with alternating color blocks (dangawari) of reddish-orange and natural ecru covered in a gold pine bark lozenge (matsukawa-bishi) and flower motif patterning with overall design of drooping cherry blossoms, phoenix (ho-o) and magpie (kasasagi) roundels in blue,...

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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. 5 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Edo era, 18th century

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160.0 x 139.7 cm (63 CB w/collar x 55 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk; 2/1 twill ground, ikat-dyed and patterned with silk floats and silk and gilt paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order


Textiles and Fashion Arts