Noh costume (maiginu)

Woman's cloak

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Length x width: 154.3 x 221.3 cm (60 3/4 x 87 1/8 in.) Note: 154.3 cm (overall length) = 149.3 cm (center back length) + 5 cm (collar length)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; complex gauze-weave (ro) ground with gilt-paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in plain-weave

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater dancing cloak (maiginu) for female role with an overall design of peacock (kujaku) and peony (bôtan) roundels on a background of interlocking “Seven Jewels” motif (shippô tsunagi) in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange silk gauze ground.


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