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紫綸子地龍田川模様打掛
Outer Robe (Uchikake) with Maple Tree and River

Period:
Shōwa period (1926–1989)
Date:
first half of the 20th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Resist-dyed silk satin damask embroidered with silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
65 1/4 x 49 3/4 in. (165.7 x 126.4 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Cory, 1962
Accession Number:
62.180
Not on view
The colorful leaves of a maple tree with a river beneath its branches are an allusion to the Tatsuta River in Nara prefecture, famous in classical literature as a place for viewing autumn foliage, and familiar to pilgrims traveling to the Tatsuta Shrine. Chrysanthemums, besides being the representative seasonal flower, might also refer to the legend of the Chrysanthemum Boy (Kikujidō), who achieved immortality by drinking dewdrops from the flowers.

This robe was prepared for a young upper-class woman. The satin damask fabric features a complex woven design of bridges, pines, and mist, while the white-spotted pattern of the water in the lower part of the textile was created by means of a technique called kanoko shibori, literally “fawn-spot tie dyeing.” The maple leaves and chrysanthemums were embroidered with silk and metallic thread.
Private Collection , Miami Shores, FL (until 1962; donated to MMA)
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Treasured Costumes of Japan," January 3, 1970–January 31, 1970.

Toledo Museum of Art. "Strong Women, Beautiful Men: Japanese Portrait Prints," October 14, 2005–December 31, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection," February 1, 2014–September 7, 2014.

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