Kimono (katabira)

Late Edo period
mid 18th–mid 19th century

Object Place: Japan


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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