紫綸子地龍田川模様打掛 Outer Robe (Uchikake) with Maple Tree and River
Shōwa period (1926–1989)
first half of the 20th century
Resist-dyed silk satin damask embroidered with silk and metallic thread
65 1/4 x 49 3/4 in. (165.7 x 126.4 cm)
Anonymous Gift, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Cory, 1962
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.
Artist: Date: second half of the 17th century Accession Number: 1980.222 Date: second half of the 17th centuryMedium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery with resist dyeing on satin damaskAccession: 1980.222On view in:Not on view
Artist: Date: early 20th century Accession Number: 37.92.10 Date: early 20th centuryMedium: Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave silk embroidered with gold threadAccession: 37.92.10On view in:Gallery 231