Noh costume (nuihaku) with scattered crests, Edo period (1615–1868), late 18th–early 19th century
Silk embroidery and gold leaf on silk satin; Overall 65 x 53 1/2 in. (165.1 x 135.9 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, 1929 (29.100.541)
This costume's design of scattered crests (monzukushi) consists of twenty different crests of varying sizes, including both family crests and Buddhist symbols. In Noh robes, the monzukushi pattern is customarily seen on solid-colored satin grounds, and such costumes are generally worn by actors taking the roles of vengeful jealous women.
Nuihaku robes are decorated with both embroidery (nui-) and the application of metallic leaf (-haku). Usually for female roles, they are often worn turned down at the waist in a draping style called koshimaki (literally, "waist wrap").