紅茶段松皮菱繋花菱亀甲蜘蛛模様厚板 Noh Costume (Atsuita) with Clouds and Hexagons
Edo period (1615–1868)
Silk twill damask with silk brocading wefts and supplementary weft patterning in metallic thread
Overall: 65 x 55in. (165.1 x 139.7cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
Not on view
Characteristic of the type of Noh robe known as atsuita, used for male roles, is this plain-weave robe with a bold supplementary weft pattern of scattered clouds over clusters of hexagons enclosing a stylized blossom. A conventional tortoise-shell pattern of interlocking hexagons, expressing auspicious connotations of long life, is combined here with clouds, a motif associated with supernatural power.
Artist: Attributed to Kawahara Keiga (Japanese, 1786–1860)Date: early 19th centuryMedium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, negoro lacquer roller knobsAccession: 2015.500.9.45On view in:Gallery 226