Noh costume (karaori)
Object Place: Japan
Length x width: 165.4 x 139.7 cm (65 1/8 x 55 in.) (Max) Center front: 165.4 cm (65 1/8 in.) Center back: 159.7 cm (62 7/8 in.) Other (collar height): 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; twill-weave ground, warp ikat-dyed (kasuri), with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave
Not On View
Silk Noh theater robe with ground of reddish-orange and natural ecru color block blocks (dangawari) delineated by the warp ikat (kasuri) technique and an overall design of blossoming plum tree branches (ume) and bamboo (take) in blue, green, gold, pink, purple and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and hexagonal tortoiseshell crests (kikkô-mon) of gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts surrounding simple flower motifs (karahana); reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining. Some embroidery and dye added in Meiji era.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection