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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) with alternating color blocks (dangawari) in light blue and orange and an overall design of autumn grasses, clematis and bamboo wickerwork in white, blue, orange, green and gold supplemental weft patterning. There is a purple 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 1]. (Accession date: October 7, 1915) NOTES: [1] Bigelow arranged the transaction and transport of the costumes on behalf of the MFA. [2] No. 9 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 and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo era, late 18th to early 19th century

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142.2 x 134.6 cm (56 x 53 in. )

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts