Wedding kimono (uchikake)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall (CB plus 1/2 of collar measurement): 176.5 x 125.1 cm (69 1/2 x 49 1/4 in.) Center back: 170.2 cm (67 in.) Other (Collar): 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu) with resist dyeing and silk and gilt-paper embroidery

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for wedding of red silk damask ground with woven pattern of interlacing lines and sprays of flowers and surface design of curtains (kichô) made from lengths of red and white fabric, on which are embroidered flowers, tortoise, cranes and butterflies with pink, blue, green, yellow, black, gray and brown silk and gold thread; lined with red silk and faced with red and gold brocade; padded at the hem.

Wedding robe for woman of wealthy merchant class.


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