Noh costume (atsuita)


Edo period
18th century (overpainted in late 19th)

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 150.2 x 140.7 cm (59 1/8 CB x 55 3/8 in.) Other (Overall): 164.1 cm (64 5/8 in.) Other (Collar): 14cm (5 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; 2/1 twill ground, warp ikat (kasuri), gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order, silk patterning weft floats

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Silk Noh theater robe with reddish-orange and natural ecru color blocks of a stylized interlocking fish scale (uroko) background design and covered with dragons (ryu), stylized cresting wave (araumi) roundels and cloud (kumo) motifs in light and dark blue, green, pink, purple, tan, brown, white silk and gilt paper supplemental patterning. There is a reddish-orange plain weave patterned silk lining and some later overpainting.


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