Fisherman's Celebratory Robe (Maiwai)

This fisherman's ceremonial robe is adorned with written characters that mean "ten thousand" and "celebration." The motifs and vivid colors express the intended festive use of the garment. A crane, which symbolizes good luck, descends towards the horizon holding a banner with the celebration character; folding fans, which are also symbols of a prosperous and happy fortune, bear the name of a ship and the word tairyo, meaning great fish catch.

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Boso Peninsula, Japan, Asia

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Late 19th century

Dip-dyed cotton with rice-paste resist, stencil, cone drawing, and painted decoration

Center Back Length: 53 inches (134.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1996

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