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An image of 'Maiginu' noh robe by
Alternate image of 'Maiginu' noh robe by

Japan

Title
'Maiginu' noh robe
Other titles:
Paulownia decorated noh robe
Place of origin
Japan
Year
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
Accession number
176.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.)