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Noh Costume (Chōken) with Wisteria, Waves, and Purple Bands

Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of the 19th century
Plain-weave-patterned silk gauze brocaded in silk and metallic thread
Overall: 48 x 84 1/4 in. (121.9 x 214 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts, Bequests, and Funds from various donors, by exchange, 1951
Accession Number:
Not on view
Late spring brings the fragrance and delicate blossoms of cascading wisteria, celebrated in Japanese poetry and frequently seen as a pattern on Noh costumes. The ornamentation of this chōken dancing cloak is especially intricate: the multicolored wisteria blooms against bold horizontal bands of purple and white, while the background consists of a subtle woven pattern of waves within opposing vertical serpentines (tatewaku).
[ Roland Koscherak , New York, until 1951; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part One)," 1997–98.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

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