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Title

Man’s jacket (haori)

1920s-1930s


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In the 1920s and 30s skeletons and skulls were a fashionable design choice to adorn the robes worn under kimonos, as well as for the linings of jackets (haori). Most of these garments were worn by men who would show them off in private settings. Skeleton and skull motifs had been prevalent in Japanese art, particularly Buddhist art, for centuries, but in the Taisho and early Showa periods they were also part of a modern trend in experimental designs on clothing which also included propaganda depictions of warplanes, battleships and submarines.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1920s-1930s


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk; resist dyeing


Dimensions

120.0 x 160.0 cm


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

145.2019



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Supernatural, Galerie Mingei Japanese arts, Paris, 11 Sep 2018–29 Sep 2018

  • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Philippe Boudin and Zoe Niang (Directors), Supernatural, Paris, 18 (colour illus.).