late Edo period
first half of 19th century
Object Place: Japan
Overall: 169.9 x 125.1 cm (66 7/8 x 49 1/4 in.) CB plus folded collar height Center back: 163.8 cm (64 1/2 in.) Center front: 157.5 cm (62 in.) Other: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk satin with silk and gilt-paper embroidery
Not On View
Long-sleeved robe (furisode) with design of swallows (tsubame), cliffs and waves embroidered with various shades of brown, yellow, white, red and blue silk; three crests couched with gold metallic thread across the upper back; lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at bottom.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection