Kimono (furisode)

Late Edo to early Meiji era
mid-19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall (CB including 1/2 collar X width across the shoulders): 181 x 122.6 cm (71 1/4 x 48 1/4 in.) Other (Collar): 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.) Center back: 175.6 cm (69 1/8 in.) Center front: 167.6 cm (66 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long-sleeved blue silk satin robe (furisode) with design of dwarf bamboo, leaves and sprigs embroidered in various shades of green and yellow silk, green silk, and gilt paper yarns. Lined with reddish-orange plain weave silk and wadded at the bottom. There are three small floral crests (mon) along the upper back neck and sleeves in gilt paper supplemental patterning.


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