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Noh costume (nuihaku)

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Noh theater inner robe (nuihaku) for female role of black silk satin with design of various crests with applied gold leaf and embroidered with soft pink, red, violet, blue, yellow, white and brown silk; lined with yellowish brown silk.


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


158.1 x 143.5 cm (62 1/4 x 56 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground with applied gold leaf and silk embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts