Kosode Fragment

Japan

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The combination of drum heads and a waterfall refers to a now-lost Noh play entitled Tsutsumi no taki ("Waterfall of Drums"), in which a traveler meets an old woodcutter at a waterfall and they discuss poetry. The woodcutter then reveals himself as the deity of the place and performs a dance. The pattern of Noh drums in a waterfall is thought to occur frequently in the clothing of women of the military elite.

Kosode Fragment, Ground of black satin damask (rinzu), Japan

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