Outer Robe (Uchikake) with Mount Hōrai

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: second half of the 18th century–first half of the 19th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin damask with stencil-dyed details

Dimensions: Overall: 73 x 48 in. (185.4 x 121.9 cm)

Classification: Costumes

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jonas M. Goldstone, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.296.1


The ancient Chinese legend of Penglai, a spiritual mountain of eternal life located in the eastern seas, lives on in this late-Edo-period robe. In Japan, the fantasy island, Mount Hōrai, became stylized as a gathering of cranes and tortoises in a bright landscape, like this one, dominated by pine, plum, and bamboo. The theme of Mount Hōrai was common in bridal garments.