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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater costume (karaori), for a female role, with alternating blocks of color in blue and white and overall design of chrysanthemums, peonies, cart wheels (Genji garuma) in blue, green, purple, reddish-orange, brown, black and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over 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 $300 [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. 81 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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143.5 x 135.9 cm (56 1/2 x 53 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts