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Title

Nō theatre robe (maiginu)

early 19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Paulownia decorated noh robe
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    176.2004
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This robe was created as outerwear for a male actor playing a female character in a nō play. In traditional nō theatre, a form of stylised masked dance-drama which began as ritual performance at shrines and temples, all roles are played by male actors. The unlined diaphanous silk gauze (ro) is decorated with fine paulownia leaves woven with gold wrapped paper strips. Maiginu translates as ‘dancing silk’. Unlike the popular kabuki theatre, nō has also long been associated with Japanese aristocracy and military leaders.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications