Piece from a Robe (Kosode) with Maple Leaves, Curtain, and Large Drum
Edo period (1615–1868)
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
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
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Notable Acquisition of Japanese Textiles of the Edo Period (1615-1868)," June 25, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.