Man's vest (jimbaori)

Kabuki costume

Meiji era
late 19th century

Object Place: Japan


77.2 x 52.7 cm (30 3/8 x 20 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground embroidered with silk and gold-metallic wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s open-sided vest (jimbaori) with rolled, turned down collar extending to the lower edge of the front and pairs of silk tie cords with tassels at front and sides. There is an overall design of several varieties of chrysanthemum and foliage in gold, dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green, orange, pink and white embroidery. This vest was possibly worn for Kabuki theater.


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