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Noh Costume (Atsuita) with Clouds and Hexagons

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk twill damask with silk brocading wefts and supplementary weft patterning in metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 x 55in. (165.1 x 139.7cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.88.3
  • Description

    Characteristic of the type of Noh robe known as atsuita, used for male roles, is this plain-weave robe with a bold supplementary weft pattern of scattered clouds over clusters of hexagons enclosing a stylized blossom. A conventional tortoise-shell pattern of interlocking hexagons, expressing auspicious connotations of long life, is combined here with clouds, a motif associated with supernatural power.

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