Long-sleeved Robe (Furisode) with Birds


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

On this spectacular robe worn by a bride for her wedding celebration in 1942, dozens of birds take to the sky. Among them 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.

Long-sleeved Robe (Furisode) with Birds, Plain-weave crepe silk with paste-resist dyeing, Japan

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