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紅白段竹若松模様唐織
Noh Robe (Karaori) with Pattern of Bamboo and Young Pines on Bands of Red and White

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk twill weave with resist-dyed warps and supplementary weft patterning (karaori)
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 1/4 x 54 in. (165.7 x 137.2 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.408
Not on view
This resplendent Noh costume presents a wealth of auspicious symbolism on a background of horizontal bands. Green and gold pine and bamboo flourish on the wintry white bands, and continuous golden patterns of hexagons and interlocking circles grace the red. Pine and bamboo, also seen on the smaller robe shown in this case, traditionally represent winter and a joyous new year. The hexagonal pattern is associated with longevity because of its similarity to a turtle's shell, and the design of interlocking circles, termed shippō (literally, "seven treasures"), lends an aura of prosperity. The resist-dyeing of the warps, reserved in white and dyed in red, imparts a pleasing softness to the boundaries between the bands.
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