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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) for a female role with pale pink ground and patterned with chrysanthemums (kiku) in blue, pink, purple, green and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; purple plain-weave silk lining.


Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $275 [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. 86 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, Meiji era, 19th century

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160.3 x 136.5 cm (63.125 (CBw/collar) x 53.75 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk; 1/2 twill patterned with silk and gilt-paper patterning weft tied in 5/1 twill order (karaori)


Textiles and Fashion Arts