Exhibitions/ Art Object

Outer Robe (Uchikake) for a Wedding

Edo period (1615–1868)
19th century
Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave silk with embroidered details
73 x 49 1/4 in. (185.4 x 125.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1937
Accession Number:
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.
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