Kimono (furisode)

Edo period
mid-19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 181.3 x 121.9 cm (71 3/8 x 48 in.) CB including visible collar for display X width across shoulders Other (collar height): 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.) Center front: 167.6 cm (66 in.) Center back: 174.6 cm (68 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and gilt-metallic yarns

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Furisode with shortened sleeves. Dark blue silk satin ground with design of plum blossoms embroidered with white, brown and light green silk and gilt-metallic yarns. Lined with bright red silk and padded at the bottom. Red silk crepe sleeve facings. Style favored by wealthy merchant class (chônin).


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