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Title

Nô theatre costume


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


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Other Title

Noh theatre costume


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.2006



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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.