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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe for a woman's role (karaori) on a dark olive-brown, re-embroidered ground and an overall design of chrysanthemum sprigs in purple, pink, green, blue and gold, swirling water in white and crests with three circles (sansei mon) in gold supplemental weft patterning. There is a...

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Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $175 [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. 80 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Costumes from the Hirase Collection (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178) were purchased from Yamanaka & Co. individually, along with part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), which were sold as a group for $7500. The total sale was $9,969.25.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

Object Place



151 x 137.5 cm (59 7/16 x 54 1/8 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts; later embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts