Noh costume (karaori)


Meiji era
late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall (Overall height as exhibted w/1/2 collar): 153.7 × 142.2 cm (60 1/2 × 56 in.) Other (Collar): 15.2 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave, ikat-dyed warps and silk and gilt-paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

On View

Walter Ames Compton, MD Gallery (Gallery 280)


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Silk Noh theater robe of reddish-orange and natural ecru color blocks delineated by the warp ikat (kasuri) technique with an overall design of various flower motifs in pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and white silk supplemental weft patterning on a backdrop of bamboo latticework in gilt paper supplemental weft patterning; reddish-orange 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