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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe for female role (karaori) patterned with pines and sails on alternating blocks of color in reddish-orange and light blue (dangawari); possibly embroidered later at collar back.

Provenance

Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $250 [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. 84 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

Kimono

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

158.8 x 139.7 cm (62.50 CB w/collar x 55 in. )

Accession Number

15.1169

Medium or Technique

Silk twill, ikat-dyed warps and silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes