Noh costume (nuihaku)


Edo period
18th century

Object Place: Japan


149.9 x 139.7 cm (59 x 55 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; satin embroidered with silk and gold metallic thread, applied gold leaf

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk satin Noh theater robe covered with a variety of crests (mon) including that of a crane (tsuru), stars (hoso), maple leaf (momiji), butterfly (chocho), phoenix (ho-o) and swastika (manju) embroidered in blue, green, orange, purple, gray silk floss and applied gold leaf. At the bottom of the left sleeve is a small, woven gourd-shaped cartouche with Chinese characters. There is a plain weave white silk lining.


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