Noh costume (kariginu)

Edo Period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


158.1 x 205.7 cm (62 1/4 x 81 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; lampas

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater hunting cloak (kariginu) with design of linked squares and hexagons (shokkô pattern), filled with chrysanthemums (kiku) and Buddhist temple gongs (chôban), in light brown, green, gray and very pale yellow silk on a blue twill-weave silk ground; purple plain-weave silk lining.

This type of costume would be appropriate for role of Okina.


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