Kimono (kosode)

Edo period
early 18th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width (CB + 1/2 of collar X width): 66 3/4 x 50 3/4 in. (169.5 x 128.9 cm) Center back: 163.8 cm (64 1/2 in.) Center front: 158.8 cm (62 1/2 in.) Other (Collar): 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu) stencil resist-dyed (kata kanoko), embroidered (shishû), hand-painted (kaki-e)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Robe (kosode) of white silk damask (rinzu) with overall ground pattern of interlocking swastika (manju tsunagi) and a surface design of a basket and peonies covering a bamboo fence in blue, brown, reddish-orange, purple and gold created by stenciled imitation tie-dye (kata kanoko), hand-applied indigo (ai-zuri) and embroidered with silk and couched with metallic gold-covered thread; reddish-orange plain weave silk lining.


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