白綸子地松竹梅鶴亀模様打掛 Outer Robe (Uchikake) with Mount Hōrai
Edo period (1615–1868)
second half of the 18th century–first half of the 19th century
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin damask with stencil-dyed details
Overall: 73 x 48 in. (185.4 x 121.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jonas M. Goldstone, 1970
Not on view
The ancient Chinese legend of Penglai, a spiritual mountain of eternal life located in the eastern seas, lives on in this late-Edo-period robe. In Japan, the fantasy island, Mount Hōrai, became stylized as a gathering of cranes and tortoises in a bright landscape, like this one, dominated by pine, plum, and bamboo. The theme of Mount Hōrai was common in bridal garments.
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