Noh costume (atsuita)


Edo period
18th century


158.4 x 142.9 x 160 cm (62.375 CB w/collar x 56.25 x 63 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper strips; 2/1 twill ground patterned with gilt-paper strips tied in 1/2 twill order, discontinuous supplementary patterning silk wefts (karaori)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater robe with overall pattern of paulownia (kiri) and phoenix (ho-o) in yellow, red, pink, green, blue, brown, white and black silk and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over a background of wavy vertical lines (tatewaku) in gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a green twill-weave silk ground. There is a reddish-orange plain-weave silk lining. Japanese title: Paulowina and Phoenix.


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