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Girl's Summer Kimono with Design of Sea Bream and Bamboo

Edo period (1615–1867
19th century
Ikat-patterned plain-weave ramie
Overall: 39 x 37in. (99.1 x 94cm)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
Not on view
The long-hanging sleeves of this robe make it appropriate for a girl, and the lightweight ramie cloth makes it suitable for summer. The textile is decorated in kasuri with an auspicious pattern of sea bream and bamboo. Sea bream, known as tai in Japanese, is associated with the last syllable in medetai, a word used to describe joyous occasions.
[ J. Langewis , Castricum, NL, until 1966; sold to MMA]
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Treasured Costumes of Japan," January 3, 1970–January 31, 1970.

Baltimore Museum of Art. "The Indigo Tradition in Textiles," December 2, 1973–January 20, 1974.

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," September 19, 1978–October 29, 1978.

New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," November 14, 1978–January 7, 1979.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," January 26, 1979–March 11, 1979.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

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