Noh costume (atsuita)


Edo Period
late 18th to early 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 146.1 x 137.2cm (57 1/2 x 54in.) Other (Overall): 154.9cm (61in.) Other (Collar): 13.3cm (5 1/4in.) Display dimensions for 1/2013 - 64" X 54"

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; 1/2 twill ground, ikat-dyed, gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order; silk weft floats; embroidered in later 19th century

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater robe for a man’s role (atsuita) with alternating color blocks (dangawari) of reddish-orange and natural ecru and an overall design of waves (araumi), cart wheels (genji guruma) and winged dragons in white, blue, green and purple silk and gilt paper supplemental weft patterning. There is reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining.


Kuroda of Fukuoka Collection. By 1915, Yamanaka & Co., New York; 1915, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA, through William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, [see note 1] for $7500 [see note 2]. (Accession date: October 7, 1915)

[1] Bigelow arranged the transaction and transport of the costumes on behalf of the MFA.
[2] No. 10 on Yamanaka & Co. object list. Part of Yamanaka's "Complete Set" of Noh Isho and Men dresses (accession no. 15.1146 - 15.1164), purchased as a group for $7500. Costumes from the Hirase Collection were also purchased from Yamanaka & Co. at this time (accession no. 15.1165 - 15.1178), the total sale $9,969.25.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund