誰が袖模様丸帯 Obi with “Whose Sleeves?” (Tagasode) Pattern
Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of 19th century
Twill-weave silk with supplementary weft patterning and metallic thread
13 ft. 7 in. × 25 in. (414 × 63.5 cm)
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1934
Not on view
A masterpiece of complex brocade weaving, this brightly colored obi, or sash, has a repeat pattern of kosode hung from silken cords. It evokes the traditional Tagasode (or "whose sleeves?") screen paintings of the Momoyama period (1568–1615), intended to pique interest in the woman who wore such evocative robes.
Ellen Barker , New York (until 1934; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ukiyo-e Artists' Responses to Romantic Legends of Two Brothers: Narihira and Yukihira," March 27, 2008–June 8, 2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.