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茶地亀甲鶴菱模様唐織
Noh Robe (Karaori) with Tortoise Shell Pattern and Crane Lozenges

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
first half of the 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Twill-weave silk brocade with supplementary weft patterning
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 x 56 1/2 in. (165.1 x 143.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.690
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.
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