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Kyōgen Costume: Jacket (Suō) with Design of Lotuses

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave bast fiber (asa)
Dimensions:
Overall: 35 1/4 x 88 in. (89.5 x 223.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.209.1
Not on view
This jacket (suō), with its field of graphically rendered lotuses, would be worn with matching long trousers in kyōgen plays for the role of a samurai lord.

Kyōgen is a comic form of Japanese theater, performed along with the more serious noh drama. Historically, kyōgen players had two functions. First, between acts of noh, they explicated in the vernacular the play’s poetic language. Second, during a conventional full-day program of noh theater, they performed in plays that were interspersed for comic relief. Costumes for kyōgen are noted for their bold resist-dyed patterns on linenlike asa, as opposed to noh costumes’ more elegant woven or embroidered silk.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

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