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.