Wedding kimono (uchikake)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Overall (CB plus 1/2 of collar measurement): 176.5 x 125.1 cm (69 1/2 x 49 1/4 in.) Center back: 170.2 cm (67 in.) Other (Collar): 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number

11.3826

Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu) with resist dyeing and silk and gilt-paper embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for wedding of red silk damask ground with woven pattern of interlacing lines and sprays of flowers and surface design of curtains (kichô) made from lengths of red and white fabric, on which are embroidered flowers, tortoise, cranes and butterflies with pink, blue, green, yellow, black, gray and brown silk and gold thread; lined with red silk and faced with red and gold brocade; padded at the hem.

Wedding robe for woman of wealthy merchant class.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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