Noh costume (chôken)


Edo period
late 18th century

Object Place: Japan


102.9 x 203.2 cm (40.5 x 80 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; complex gauze-weave (ro) ground with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in plain-weave

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater dancing cloak (chôken) for a female role with design of pine seedlings, ivy and flower cart with maple leaves and weeping cherry in white, light blue, green, red, yellow silk and gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange silk gauze ground.


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