紅緑段紗綾形桜花模様唐織 Noh Costume (Karaori) with Cherry Blossoms and Fretwork
Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of the 18th century
Brocaded silk twill
Overall: 65 1/2 x 64 1/2 in. (166.4 x 163.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
Not on view
An intense chromatic effect is achieved in this robe, with its cherry blossoms in a range of colors scattered over bands of red and green. Fallen within moments after their full flowering, the blossoms poignantly evoke the transience of human life, a central theme in Noh drama. The inclusion of red places this costume in the category of robes "with color" (iroiri), making it appropriate for the role of a young woman.
Among the formal and technical characteristics that point to an eighteenth-century date for the robe are the absence of metallic threads, the allover patterning, and the length and softness of the textile's floating silk pattern wefts.
[ Tokomatsu Ito , New York, until 1919; sold to MMA].
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Treasured Costumes of Japan," January 3, 1970–January 31, 1970.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Textiles," 1991.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," November 5, 1991–December 15, 1992.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.
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