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Noh Robe (Karaori) with Tortoise Shell Pattern and Crane Lozenges

Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of the 19th century
Twill-weave silk brocade with supplementary weft patterning
Overall: 65 x 56 1/2 in. (165.1 x 143.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
The auspicious combination of crane and tortoise motifs has long been a staple of Japanese decoration. Here it is elegantly stylized in lozenge-shaped confronting pairs of cranes on a ground motif of interlocking hexagons representing the tortoiseshell. A similar robe preserved at Itsukushima Shrine is dated to 1826.
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; donated to MMA)
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Treasured Costumes of Japan," January 3, 1970–January 31, 1970.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

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