Kimono (uchikake)

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


181.6 x 124.5 cm (71 1/2 x 49 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave crepe (kabe-chirimen); hand drawn paste resist-dyed and painted (yûzen), embroidered

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Outer robe (uchikake) with long sleeves and padded hem and design of flying cranes (tsuru) and autumn grass (susuki) embroidered, printed and handpainted in white, gray, black, green and brown on a predominantly red ground with white across the shoulders suggesting sunset (akebono); five chrysanthemum crests on center back and shoulders and front shoulders; lined with red silk crêpe, interior “waistband” (?).


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