Kimono (uchikake)

Late Edo or early Meiji period
about 1868

Object Place: Japan


165.7 x 123.2 x 18.4 cm (65 1/4 x 48 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Outer robe (uchikake) with design of alternating rows of small plum flowers and butterflies in blue, two shades of green, white and reddish-orange and gold silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a dark blue twill-weave silk ground with overall repeating pattern of stylized diamond-shaped fretwork in light brown discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with reddish-orange plain-weave silk and padded at the 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)

[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