Bugaku dance costume (hanpi)

Edo period
17th or 18th century

Object Place: Japan


89.5 x 78.1 cm (35 1/4 x 30 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, embroidered

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bugaku dance vest (hanpi) with overall design of interlacing diamond pattern surrounding phoenix and paulownia motifs embroidered in red, pink, yellow, green, blue and white silk on a dark blue plain-weave silk ground. The neck, front and sleeve openings are trimmed with reddish-orange twill-weave silk with paulownia motifs created by discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. There is a wide band of double-layer black, plain-weave silk, pleated at the sides, along the bottom edge and a pale blue, plain-weave silk lining. This vest is part of a three-piece Bugaku dance costume (tsune shôzoku) in the collection.


1931, sold by Yamanaka and Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 2, 1931)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund