Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Summer Kimono with Pattern of Autumn Grasses

Taishō period (1912–26)
Dye-patterned silk gauze
H (shoulder to hem) 61 3/4 in. (156.8 cm); W (wrist opening to wrist opening) 49 1/2 in. (125.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Atsuko Irie, in honor of Suga Irie, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
The skillful treatment of graduated shading (bokashi) on this summer kimono captures the quality of moonlight over a field of susuki and Chinese bellflowers, two of the autumn grasses. It was made for a young woman in the Kyoto area before her wedding in 1922.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 2002.

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