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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori), for a female role, with a tan ground and alternating blocks outlined in gold of repeating fish scale (uroko) and tortoiseshell (kikkô-mon) patterns in green, light and dark blue and purple silk and gilt paper and an overall pattern of flower and grass filled baskets...

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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. [1] No. 6 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

Kimono

Japanese, Edo period, early 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

144.8 x 139.7 cm (57 x 55 in.)

Accession Number

15.1151

Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper strips; twill-weave ground with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes