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Noh Costume (Nuihaku) with Books and Nandina Branches

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
second half of the 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk embroidery and metallic leaf on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 1/4 x 56 3/4 in. (165.7 x 144.1 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Nomura, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. S. Morris Nomura, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.367
  • Description

    Scattered books decorated with seasonal motifs and poetic patterns evoke the aristocratic world of the Heian period (794–1185) and literary masterpieces such as The Tale of Genji while also reflecting the sharp rise in publishing and literacy in the Edo period (1615–1868). Among the patterns ornamenting the books are waves with seashells (upper back, left) and flat bamboo baskets with cherry blossoms (lower back, left). The robe’s overall treelike pattern—with its naturalistic depiction of the auspicious nandina (nanten), its colorful red and pink berries growing from hem to Shoulder—is familiar in nontheatrical garments of the late eighteenth century but is unusual for a noh robe.

    The nuihaku is a type of noh costume decorated with both embroidery (nui) and metallic leaf (haku). With its solid gold ground, this robe is an especially splendid kind of nuihaku worn for the roles of upper-class women.

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