Piece from a Robe (Kosode) with Maple Leaves, Curtain, and Large Drum, Resist-dyed and painted (yūzen) silk crepe with details embroidered in silk and metallic thread, Japan

Piece from a Robe (Kosode) with Maple Leaves, Curtain, and Large Drum

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Resist-dyed and painted (yūzen) silk crepe with details embroidered in silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
H. 47 5/8 in. (121 cm); W. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Dyed and Embroidered
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
2001.428.24
Not on view
Even in the absence of any figures, the pictorial design on this textile can be tentatively identified as the autumn excursion to the Suzaku Palace in chapter 7 of The Tale of Genji. Here, the scene is set for Genji’s dance: it is performed within an enclosed curtained space under brilliant maple leaves with a drum accompaniment. A stairway and post suggest palace architecture.
[ 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. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.