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Title

Nō theatre robe (maiginu)

early 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


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



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2004, Sydney, 2004, 26 (colour illus.).

Masterpieces of noh costume, Tokyo, 1990, 27. pl. 19 (colour illus.)