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Title

'Maiginu' noh robe

early 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This beautiful garment is a Noh theatre costume worn as an outer robe for a female role. This form of robe ('maigunu'), together with the full-length 'karaori', of which we acquired a superb example in 2002 [Acc.no. 321.2002], is considered 'the flower of Noh costumes'. Typically the garment is constructed of unlined diaphanous gauze-weave silk ('ro'), in this case coloured a beautifully soft green. The sparsely placed paulownia leaves, luxuriously rendered in gold, epitomise the Japanese aesthetic of subtle elegance.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2004.


Details


Other Title

Paulownia decorated noh robe


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

early 19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

gauze weave, silk and gilt paper strips


Dimensions

143.0 x 216.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

176.2004



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2004, Sydney, 2004, 26 (colour illus.).

Masterpieces of noh costume, Tokyo, 1990, 27. pl. 19 (colour illus.)