Kimono (uchikake)

Taishô era
early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Center back length: 178.4 x width: 131.4 cm (70.25 x 51.75 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave (karaori)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Outer robe (uchikake) with long sleeves and padded hem and design of chrysanthemum, peony, pine, bush clover, cherry, mandarin orange, maple, bell flower in bright red, pink, brown, blue, light yellow, orange, white and green silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a purple twill-weave silk ground; on back of robe is design of large urn containing peony, bamboo leaves and ominaeshi (flowering grass); lined with red silk crêpe.


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