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Nuihaku (Noh play costume)

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Weeping cherry; re-embroidered and restyled to a kosode at a later date


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. 28 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. Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 18th century; restyled in the 19th century

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145.4 x 128.9 cm (57 1/4 x 50 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk thread, gilt and silvered


Textiles and Fashion Arts