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Wedding kimono (uchikake)

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Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake), probably for a wedding, of reddish-orange silk damask with design of tie-dyed waves at bottom embroidered with tortoises (minogame) and tie-dyed pine trees above embroidered with flying cranes (tsuru); lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at the hem.


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, 1800–50

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173.4 x 118.1 cm (68 1/4 x 46 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu), tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori) and embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped threads


Textiles and Fashion Arts