紫白段藤模様長絹 Noh Costume (Chōken) with Wisteria, Waves, and Purple Bands
Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of the 19th century
Plain-weave-patterned silk gauze brocaded in silk and metallic thread
Overall: 48 x 84 1/4 in. (121.9 x 214 cm)
Purchase, Gifts, Bequests, and Funds from various donors, by exchange, 1951
Not on view
Late spring brings the fragrance and delicate blossoms of cascading wisteria, celebrated in Japanese poetry and frequently seen as a pattern on Noh costumes. The ornamentation of this chōken dancing cloak is especially intricate: the multicolored wisteria blooms against bold horizontal bands of purple and white, while the background consists of a subtle woven pattern of waves within opposing vertical serpentines (tatewaku).