Noh Costume (Karaori) with Chrysanthemums and Waves
Edo period (1615–1868)
Twill-weave silk brocaded with silk and metallic thread
63 x 53 in. (160 x 134.6 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Bold, golden waves gleam among large chrysanthemum plants of various types in the decoration of this Noh costume. The combination of water with chrysanthemums is suggestive of a mythical Chinese river that became a prominent theme in Japanese art. Sweetened by dewdrops falling from the petals of the chrysanthemums, the river's water was said to impart eternal life to anyone who drank it. The presence of red in this robe suggests that it was used for the role of a young woman.
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