Noh costume (karaori)


Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


161.9 x 143.5 cm (63.75 w/collar x 56.5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, 2/1 twill ground ikat-dyed (painted at a later date); supplementary gilt-paper patterning weft tied in 1/2 twill order; silk patterning weft floats; embroidered at a later date

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater costume (karaori) for a female role with alternating blocks of color in reddish-orange and pale blue with an overall design of pine and plum blossoms in blue, purple, red, white, green and yellow silk and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining. Some painting and embroidery add 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)

[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