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An image of Nô theatre costume by

Japan

Title
Nô theatre costume
Other titles:
Noh theatre costume
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
circa 1800
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk and gold; ikat dyed threads for the warp; brocade weave using flat strips of gilt paper
Dimensions

134.5 x 137.0 cm

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the VisAsia Dinner Fund to commemorate the 'Goddess: Divine Energy' exhibition 2006
Accession number
286.2006
Location
Not on display
Further information

Noh robes are the ultimate statement in quality, luxury and skilful weaving. This one is an 'atsuita', a robe used as an outer robe primarily for male roles. It is boldly decorated with alternating squares of eddy or whirlpool ('uzumoyo') motifs, and dragon roundels. In addition the backgrounds within the squares are enriched with trellis and 'Bishamon' diaper pattern; and the ikat dyed warps are arranged to form blocks of colour. The result is a superbly vibrant and impressive design.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2006.

Bibliography (3)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2007, Sydney, 2007, 25 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 178 (colour illus.), 179.

Roberta Smith, The New York Times, 'All Over The Town (And All Over The Place) Asia Week', pg. E26 & E37., New York, 31 Mar 2006, colour illus. E37.

Exhibition history (1)

'The Art of Japan', Alan Kennedy Ltd, Asia Week, New York, 27 Mar 2006–02 Apr 2006