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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019