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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe for a female role (karaori) of alternating color blocks (dangawari) in green and natural ecru and overall design of gold latticework and orange trellis covered with evening glories in white, light and dark blue, purple, pink, orange and gold supplemental weft patterning. There...

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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. 16 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 period, late 18th century

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CB: 144.8 x 134.6 cm (57 x 53 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Twill weave ground ikat-dyed and patterned with supplementary wefts of silk and gilt paper


Textiles and Fashion Arts