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No costume (choken)

No costume
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th-19th century
Gauze-weave silk with gold leaf on paper
H x W: 118.2 x 217 cm (46 9/16 x 85 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
Actors of the Japanese dance drama, No, wear masks and exquisite costumes to perform on a stage built of unvarnished cypress and decorated only with a painting of a pine tree. Gold is extensively used in No costumes, where it reflects light and highlights the actor's slow, stylized movements. The quality of textiles for No costumes reflects their origin as gifts to actors of personal garments worn by warrior patrons. This jacket would have been worn over a robe of contrasting design, usually for female roles, but also for the roles of courtiers or warriors.

To 1995
Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto, to 1995

From 1995
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from Takashi Yanagi in 1995

Former owner
Takashi Yanagi
On View Location
Currently not on view
Costume and Textile
cherry blossom, Edo period (1615 - 1868), gauze, Japan, No, phoenix, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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