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Noh costume (kariginu)

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Noh theater cloak with round neck and double-width sleeves for male role (kariginu) patterned with a slanted lattice (higaki) background and gingko leaves (icho) in gold supplemental weft patterning.


Hirase Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $75 [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. 101 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. Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo era, 18th to 19th century

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Overall: 163.5 x 201.9 cm (64 3/8 x 79 1/2 in.) Center back (without collar): 161.3 cm (63 1/2 in.) Other (collar): 2.5 cm (1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk gauze weave patterned with gilt paper wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts