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Noh Costume (Mizugoromo)

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Plain-weave bast fiber, ramie warp and hemp weft
Dimensions:
43 3/8 × 64 1/2 in. (110.2 × 163.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.386
Not on view
The mizugoromo (literally, "water garment") is a type of three-quarter-length overgarment made specifically for the Noh stage, where it is worn for many types of roles: male and female, old and young, priest and layman. This mizugoromo, strikingly modern in appearance, is made of an intentionally distressed plain-weave cloth, termed yore in Japanese. Yore, a very open textile with displaced wefts that are not perpendicular to the warps, gives a ragged or threadbare impression to the garment. For this reason, the yore mizugoromo is frequently worn for roles of suffering ghosts or the destitute.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Secret Life of Textiles: Plant Fibers," March 7–July 31, 2016.

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