Noh costume (atsuita)


Late Edo or early Meiji era
mid-19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 153.7 × 143.5 cm (60 1/2, as dressed × 56 1/2 in.) Other (Collar): 15.2 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill with supplementary silk and gilt paper discontinuous patterning wefts tied in 2/1 twill order; ikat dyed ground (karaori)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh costume robe (atsuita) for male role with alternating blocks of color and design (dangawari) including diamonds, squares, floral medallions and dragon roundels in violet, blue, brown, red, white, green, yellow and pink silk and gilt paper supplementary weft patterning. There is a purple, 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