Girl's robe (furisode)


Late Edo or early Meiji period
mid-19th century

Object Place: Japan


Center back: 115.6 cm (45 1/2 in.) Center front: 112.4 cm (44 1/4 in.) Length x width: 115.6 × 101.6 cm (45 1/2 × 40 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, satin-weave, silk embroidery, gilt paper-wrapped silk thread Lining -silk sleeves / ramie - central panels

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Girl’s long-sleeved light blue silk robe (furisode). The sleeves have a design of baskets of flowers and branches embroidered with pink, green, violet, white, blue and black silk and gold thread. On the middle of the back and the shoulders are three small crests (mon) couched with gold thread and black and red silk; lined with pink linen and red 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)

[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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection