Kimono (uchikake)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


162.6 x 118.1 cm (64 x 46 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, embroidered

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) with design of floral medicine ball ornaments (kusudama) and hanging bamboo screens across the middle of the robe in green, yellow, brown, white and blue silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a blue-gray silk damask ground with woven vertical serpentine foliage pattern; three oak leaf crests embroidered in white silk along the upper back; lined with red silk and padded at the hem.

This robe would have been worn by a woman of a high-ranking samurai family.


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