Exhibitions/ Art Object

Outer Robe (Uchikake) for a Wedding

Edo period (1615–1868)
19th century
Resist-dyed and painted plain-weave silk with embroidered details
73 x 49 1/4 in. (185.4 x 125.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1937
Accession Number:
Not on view
Japanese bridal wear most often combined the auspicious patterns of turtles and cranes with pine trees, plum blossoms, and bamboo. This wedding uchikake, however, features a phoenix, the most common pattern for Chinese bridal ensembles. The uchikake, or outer robe, is worn unbelted and trails along impressively behind the wearer.
#7721. Outer Robe (Uchikake) for a Wedding
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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller , New York (until 1937; donated to MMA)
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "Treasured Costumes of Japan," January 3, 1970–January 31, 1970.

New York. Queens Museum of Art. "The Artist's Menagerie," June 29, 1974–August 25, 1974.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan II," March 22, 2003–September 21, 2003.

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

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