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飛鳥柄着物
Kimono with Birds in Flight

Period:
Shōwa period (1926–89)
Date:
1942
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Dye-and pigment-patterned plain-weave silk crepe (chirimen)
Dimensions:
Overall: 76 7/8 x 49 3/8 in. (195.3 x 125.4 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Harumi Takanashi and Akemi Ota, in memory of their mother, Yoshiko Hiroumi Shima, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.44.1
Not on view
Dozens of birds take to the sky on this kimono, covering the entire surface with realistic depictions in saturated colors. Among the birds are cranes (at the shoulder and hem on the back), ducks (including mandarin ducks on the back of the left sleeve), pheasants, sparrows, and swallows, as well as a peacock that wraps dramatically around the entire garment. This spectacular kimono was among the robes worn by a bride for her wedding celebration, which took place in 1942.
Harumi Takanashi and Akemi Ota , Tokyo (until 2007; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

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