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Fireman's Coat (Hikeshibanten)

The decoration on the inside of this fireman’s coat depicts a scene famous from prints and Kabuki plays. The samurai Sato Tadanobu, ambushed by enemies while playing the game Go, is unable to reach his weapons so defends himself with the game’s heavy wooden table, scattering the black and white stone game pieces.

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

19th century

Painted cotton plain weave with cotton darning stitching (sashiko)

39 3/4 × 46 1/2 inches (101 × 118.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Maude de Schauensee, Theodore R. and Barbara B. Aronson, Edna and Stanley C. Tuttleman, The Hamilton Family Foundation, and Maxine and Howard H. Lewis, 2000

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