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Noh costume (nuihaku)

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Noh theater robe (nuihaku) of reddish-orange silk satin ground with vertical zigzag lines stenciled in gold leaf and with design of floral bouquets embroidered in blue, green, white and purple silk; lined with reddish-orange plain-weave silk; restyled from original.


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. 22 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 Hirase 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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151.1 cm (59.5 in. ) CB w/collar)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin stenciled with gold leaf (surihaku), embroidered with silk


Textiles and Fashion Arts