Noh Costume (Atsuita) with Clouds and Hexagons, Silk twill damask with silk brocading wefts and supplementary weft patterning in metallic thread, Japan

紅茶段松皮菱繋花菱亀甲蜘蛛模様厚板
Noh Costume (Atsuita) with Clouds and Hexagons

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk twill damask with silk brocading wefts and supplementary weft patterning in metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 x 55in. (165.1 x 139.7cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.88.3
Not on view
Characteristic of the type of Noh robe known as atsuita, used for male roles, is this plain-weave robe with a bold supplementary weft pattern of scattered clouds over clusters of hexagons enclosing a stylized blossom. A conventional tortoise-shell pattern of interlocking hexagons, expressing auspicious connotations of long life, is combined here with clouds, a motif associated with supernatural power.
[ Tokomatsu Ito , New York, until 1919; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.