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Piece from a Robe (Kosode) with Maple Leaves, Curtain, and Large Drum

Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Resist-dyed and painted (yūzen) silk crepe with details embroidered in silk and metallic thread
H. 47 5/8 in. (121 cm); W. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
Textiles-Dyed and Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. and several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, 2000 Benefit Fund, and funds from various donors, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
Even in the absence of any figures, the pictorial design on this textile can be tentatively identified as the autumn excursion to the Suzaku Palace in chapter 7 of The Tale of Genji. Here, the scene is set for Genji’s dance: it is performed within an enclosed curtained space under brilliant maple leaves with a drum accompaniment. A stairway and post suggest palace architecture.
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