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Noh costume (kariginu)

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Dark blue silk satin Noh theater cloak with double-width sleeves and an overall design of stylized cranes (tsuru), larches and clouds (kumo) in gilt paper supplemental weft patterning. There are cloth carriers along the front and back sleeve edges and plain weave purple silk lining.


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection


Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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161.3 x 208.3 cm (63 1/2 x 82 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave with gilt paper supplemental weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts