Noh theater robe (karaori) for female role with design of fans in violet, red, yellow, blue, white and green silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a brown twill-weave silk ground with a white lattice-fence pattern; lined with reddish-orange silk.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES:  Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th century
168.3 x 154.3 x 165 cm (66 1/4 (CB w/collar x 60 3/4 x 64 15/16 in. )
Medium or Technique
Silk; twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave