茶地亀甲鶴菱模様唐織 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)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
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.