Wedding kimono (uchikake)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


171.5 x 123.2 cm (67 1/2 x 48 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask (rinzu), resist-dyed, tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori) and embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for a wedding with design of curtain screens (kichô) made from lengths of fabric embroidered with red, green, blue, light brown, pink, yellow and gold on a white silk damask ground with woven pattern of mandarin oranges; lined with red silk crêpe and padded at the hem. One of a set of three wedding uchikake (11.3826, red; black missing)


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