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Kosode with Design of Spring Rice Fields

Edo period (1615–1868)
second half of the 18th–19th century
Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave silk crepe
67 × 47 in. (170.2 × 119.4 cm)
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
The rhythmic rural landscape on this kosode features newly planted rice fields and the pathways between them, executed in white paste-resisted lines on a dark blue background. Baskets with ink-painted details dot the paths.

This robe is an example of two late Edo trends: the movement of the patterning to the front and hem edges of the kosode and the simplification of design toward patterns of white lines on a plain dyed background—shiro agari (literally, "finished in white").

The crest (mon) appearing in five places on this robe has a floral (karahana) pattern.
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. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human Figure in Japanese Art," 2007–2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

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