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Kosode with Pattern of Cherry Blossoms

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
second half of the 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread on silk; resist-dyed and embroidered satin
Dimensions:
53 x 53 1/2 in. (134.6 x 135.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.222
  • Description

    Beginning in the mid-seventeenth century, a particular style of kosode design evolved in which the entire back of the robe was used like a canvas for bold, largely diagonal compositions. This rare kosode, with its pattern of large and small cherry blossoms, a fence, and carriage wheels, is consistent with that style.

    The donation of precious garments to religious institutions has been a common practice throughout much of Japanese history. Clothing given to temples was often transformed into pieced textiles consistent with Buddhist tradition-altar cloths (uchishiki) and vestments (kesa). This kosode's past is unknown, but its current remade and slightly incomplete form suggests that it may once have been a pieced altar cloth.

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