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Noh costume (nuihaku)

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Noh theater robe (nuihaku) with alternating color blocks in pale blue, orange and natural ecru with gold-stencil ground of mountain pass (yamamichi) and weeping willow (shidare yanagi) motifs and embroidered with swallows (tsubame) and paper-wrapped flowers (hana-noshi) in blue, green, purple,...

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Kuroda of Fukuoka Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $7500 [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. 21 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), purchased as a group for $7500. Costumes from the Hirose Collection were also purchased from Yamanaka & Co. at this time (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178), the total sale $9,969.25.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund


Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

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Center front: 154.1 cm (60 11/16 in.) Center back: 148.4 cm (58 7/16 in.) Length x width: 156.1 x 135.3 cm (61 7/16 x 53 1/4 in.) (exhibition dimensions) Other (collar): 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground, handpainted, stenciled gold leaf, embroidered with silk


Textiles and Fashion Arts