Kimono (katabira)

Japanese
Late Edo period
mid 18th–mid 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Center back below collar: 158 cm (62 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5168

Medium or Technique

Ramie plain weave, stencil printed (kata-kaneko, suri-hita), painted with sumi ink and embroidered with silk and metallic yarns

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Undyed ramie summer kimono (katabira) with long sleeves, probably for a women of the samurai class, patterned allover with river scene and peony, chrysanthemum, wisteria, and cherry blossoms (goshodoki); some architectural elements and warrior’s helmut and fan scattered throughout, possibly references to the tale of Genji.

Provenance

1888, purchased by James MacMaster Codman (1831-1917) of Brookline, MA in Japan and imported to the United States; by descent to William Churchill, Sudbury MA; gift of Churchill to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of the family of James M. Codman of Lincoln, Massachusetts