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紺地蜀江模様狩衣
Noh Costume (Kariginu) with Geometric Pattern

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Twill-weave silk with supplementary weft patterning
Dimensions:
Overall: 61 x 83 in. (154.9 x 210.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.62
Not on view
This robe's distinctive shokkō pattern of linked hexagons and squares is traditionally linked to the title role of the sacred old man in the earliest Noh play, Okina. The dances that make up this play grew out of ancient shrine ceremonies. Often performed to open a Noh program at New Year's and other ceremonial occasions, Okina is both a ritual purification and a prayer for long life, peace, and prosperity.

The type of Noh costume called kariginu, with its broad sleeves and round overlapping neckband, is based on the informal garb of courtiers of the Heian period (794-1185). In Noh plays this type of robe is generally worn belted over broad divided skirts for male roles of nature spirits, gods, and noblemen.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human and Not-So-Human Figure in Japanese Art," 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art in Early Japan," 1999–2000.

New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th–19th Centuries," October 15, 2002–December 31, 2002.

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.

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