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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori) for female role with repeating design of iris and bridge in blue, green, pink, purple, black and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a brown twill-weave silk ground.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 19th century

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171.8 x 153.4 cm (67.625 (CB w/collar) x 60.375 in. )

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Silk; 2/1 twill ground with gilt-paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in 1/2 twill order; silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts