Gift of Harumi Takanashi and Akemi Ota, in memory of their mother, Yoshiko Hiroumi Shima, 2007
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.
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.
Artist: Maio Motoko (Japanese, born Tokyo 1948)Date: 2011Medium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; crushed paper, ink, white pigment (gofun), gold leaf, and silk on paper
Accession: 2013.461.1, .2On view in:Gallery 230