Noh costume (karaori)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 149.9 x 133.4 cm (59 includes 2 1/2" for collar x 52 1/2 in.) Other (Collar): 13cm (5 1/8in.) Center back: 143.5 cm (56 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; 2/1 twill ground with supplementary silk and gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order; silk weft floats; embroidered at a later date with silk floss

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater robe (karaori) with design of islands of snow-laden pines and mist in blue, green, light brown and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground with concentric wave pattern (seigaiha) in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with bright blue silk; embroidery repairs added later.


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