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Noh costume (karaori)

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Noh theater costume for a woman's role patterned with reeds, chrysanthemums, hammer-wheels, and flowing water on red-orange ground (iri-ori)


Probably originally owned by the Maeda family, Kanazawa family. 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: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

Object Place



152.2 x 138 cm (59 15/16 x 54 5/16 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts (karaori)


Textiles and Fashion Arts