Outer Robe (Uchikake) for a Wedding
Edo period (1615–1868)
Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave silk with embroidered details
73 x 49 1/4 in. (185.4 x 125.1 cm)
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1937
Not on view
Japanese bridal wear most often combined the auspicious patterns of turtles and cranes with pine trees, plum blossoms, and bamboo. This wedding uchikake, however, features a phoenix, the most common pattern for Chinese bridal ensembles. The uchikake, or outer robe, is worn unbelted and trails along impressively behind the wearer.