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.
Noh theatre costume
Place where the work was made
silk and gold; ikat dyed threads for the warp; brocade weave using flat strips of gilt paper
134.5 x 137.0 cm
Purchased with funds provided by the VisAsia Dinner Fund to commemorate the 'Goddess: Divine Energy' exhibition 2006
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
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.