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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
Estimated dimensions: H. 70 in. (177.8 cm); W. 60 in. (152.4 cm)
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
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.
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