Noh costume (chôken) with water plants and mulberry leaves, Edo period (1615–1868), 18th century
Silk gauze (ro) brocaded with metallic thread; Overall 47 1/8 x 80 1/4 in. (119.7 x 203.8 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1932 (32.30.4)
An outer robe with large sleeves (ôsode) worn frequently for dances by Noh actors in female roles, the chôken is often made of silk gauze delicately patterned in metallic thread. Here, as in many chôken, there are two different patterns. Formally positioned at the top are large designs of water plants—omodaka, with its arrowhead-shaped leaves, and suisen, a type of narcissus—while mulberry leaves are scattered on the rest of the garment.