Bugaku dance costume (shitagasane)


Edo period
17th or 18th century

Object Place: Japan


261.6 x 193.0 cm (103 x 76 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask, silk embroidery, stencil resist-dyed, discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bugaku undercoat (shitagasane) of white silk damask with overall pattern of paulownia and floral arabesques and large diamond-shaped designs dyed in purple and embroidered with paulownia motifs in green, red, pink, tan, brown, yellow and white silk on the sleeves and lower half of the coat. The collar and sleeve bands are made of reddish-orange silk damask and the lower front and train of the garment are trimmed with a reddish-orange band with floral motifs in silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and delineated with a silk braid with a zigzag pattern. There is a purple, plain-weave silk lining in the lower part of the coat and a white, plain-weave ramie lining elsewhere. This undercoat is part of a three-piece Bugaku dance costume (tsune shôsoku) in the collection.


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

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund