Bugaku costume in 5 parts: undercoat (shitagansane); vest (hanpi); split skirt (hakama); helmet (torikabuto) and under robe

late 17th century
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Length x width (undercoat): 274.3 × 193 cm (108 × 76 in.) Length x width (vest): 62.5 × 69.9 cm (24 5/8 × 27 1/2 in.) Center back (split skirt): 115.6 cm (45 1/2 in.) Overall (helmut height): 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in.) Center back (under robe): 129.5 cm (51 in.)

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Medium or Technique

(Undercoat) silk damask, resist-dyed, embroidered and and trimed with karaori fabric; (Vest) silk plain weave, embroidered and and trimed with karaori fabric; (Split skirt) silk damask, resist-dyed, embroidered; (Helmut) silk and gold metallic thread (kinran) wth silk cord and metal plaque' (Under robe) silk plain weave

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Undercoat (shitagansane) of ivory damask, resist-dyed with purple diamond and embroidered with flower; edges of long trains trimmed with karaori; Vest (hanpi) of silk plain weave embroidered with diamonds enclosing birds and flowers; bands of karaori trim along armholes, neck and front; Split skirt (Hakama) of white damask embroidered with small squares and flowers in roundels; lined with beni-dyed plain weave; Helmet (Torikabuto) of green and red kinran, trimmed with silk braided cords and metal plaque (one of two metal plaques is missing); and Under robe, white silk plain weave under robe, lightly padded.


17th century, possibly made for the Kasuga Shrine, Nara, Japan. 1997, sold by T. Yanagi Oriental Fine Art, Kyoto, to John C. Weber, New York; 2016, gift of John C. Weber to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of John C. Weber