Noh costume (karaori)
Object Place: Japan
Overall: 149.9 x 133.4 cm (59 includes 2 1/2" for collar x 52 1/2 in.) Other (Collar): 13cm (5 1/8in.) Center back: 143.5 cm (56 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; 2/1 twill ground with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order; silk weft floats; embroidered at a later date with silk floss
Not On View
Noh theater robe (karaori) with design of islands of snow-laden pines and mist in blue, green, light brown and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground with concentric wave pattern (seigaiha) in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with bright blue silk; embroidery repairs added later.
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