Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
14 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (36.8 x 50.5 cm)
Gift of Teiji Ito, 1919
Not on view
In the Noh play Takasago, a traveler meets an old man and an old woman raking and sweeping around an ancient pine; only later are they revealed as divine beings. Their apparent devotion to each other accounts for the traditional reference to a passage from the play during wedding festivities in Japan. The couple is depicted here with rake and broom; both the man and the woman wear mizugoromo similar to the garment displayed in this case.
Signature: Kogyo; seal: Kogyo Seal: Kogyo
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "The Art of Japanese Textiles," February 21, 1968–April 30, 1971.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.