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    Set of Hikochi Shozoku fireman's costume of resist-dyed cotton.

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    • Height: 92 centimetres (jacket)
    • Width: 119 millimetres (jacket)
    • Height: 51 centimetres (hood)
    • Width: 35 centimetres (hood)
    • Length: 72 centimetres (cord joining the two gloves)
    • Length: 45 centimetres (each glove)
    • Width: 20 centimetres (width of each glove)
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    'Indigo': Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 20 Jan 2007-15 Apr 2007
    'Indigo': Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 19 May 2007-1 Sep 2007
    'Indigo': Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 29 Sep 2007-06 Jan 2008

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Object reference number: JCR12128

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