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Noh Robe (Uwagi)

Chrysanthemums have many meanings and associations in Japan, including long life and prosperity. This robe is punctuated by full-faced chrysanthemums embroidered and accented with glistening gold threads, which are stylized to appear almost crestlike. The fabric of the robe is enlivened with a monochromatic key-fret pattern produced by a compound satin weave. This lustrous, soft, figured satin suited the relaxed silhouette of fashionable kosode (small-sleeved kimonos) during the Edo period, and was used occasionally for Noh costumes.

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)

Date:
Second half of 18th - first half of 19th century

Medium:
Figured silk satin weave (rinzu) embroidered with silk satin stitch and couched metallic thread

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 57 1/4 inches (145.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1978-45-4

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1978

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