Piece from a Kosode with Cherry Blossoms and Poem Slips
Edo period (1615–1868)
late 17th–early 18th century
Yūzen-dyed silk crepe (chirimen) with appliqué and embroidery in silk and metallic thread
H. 33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm); W. 9 1/16 in. (23 cm)
Textiles-Dyed and Embroidered
Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. and several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, 2000 Benefit Fund, and funds from various donors, 2001
Not on view
Six poem slips hang from bamboo rods amid branches of a blooming cherry tree. Two of the three poems, which are cited only in part on the fragment, come from the eleventh-century poetry anthology Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing (Wakan rōeishū), and the third is from a twelfth-century collection of Japanese poems, the Anthology of Oral Blooms (Shika wakashū). All of the poems are devoted to springtime topics, with two mentioning cherry blossoms and the other one plum blossoms.
[ Kokon, Inc. , New York, until 2001; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Notable Acquisition of Japanese Textiles of the Edo Period (1615-1868)," June 25, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.
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