Paste-resist dyeing with silk embroidered accents on silk crepe
Overall: 63 × 52 in. (160 × 132.1 cm)
Gift of Sue Cassidy Clark, in memory of Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, 2013
Not on view
Vividly colored pheasants and peonies appear against a ground that graduates delicately from light brown to beige from top to hem. The depiction of pheasants amid the “king of flowers,” as peonies were known in East Asia, has a long history in Japanese pictorial arts; they often represent summer on screens, sliding doors, and paintings in premodern times. The auspicious peony motif came to Japan from China, and their combination with long-tailed birds was gradually adapted to Japanese tastes, also becoming a favored subject in decorative arts. The rocks, birds, and pink and apricot-color flowers are depicted on the front of the kimono, with the left and right halves of the composition almost merging at the back in a modern rendering of the classical pattern. The realistic depiction of the flowers and the birds reflects the influence of Western oil painting.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.
Date: second half of the 18th–first half of the 19th centuryMedium: Paste-resist dyed silk crepe (chirimen) with shaped-resist dyeing, silk and metallic-thread embroidery
Accession: 32.65.25On view in:Not on view