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Edo period (1615-1868), first half 17th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japanese
Title: Kosode
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1615
Creation End Date: 1650
Creation Date: Edo period (1615-1868), first half 17th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Costumes
Materials and Techniques: Plain-weave silk with warp floats, silk embroidery, and gold leaf
Dimensions: 56 5/16 x 46 1/4 in. (143 x 117.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1992.253
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Nomura, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. S. Morris Nomura, 1992
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

This richly decorated robe is among the earliest extant 'kosode.' Its design of irregularly scalloped bands of pale blue alternating with shell-strewn bands of white evokes the sandbars and floating clouds of Japan's coastal scenery. The fabric, woven in an intricate key-fret pattern with lotus and floral motifs, was imported from Ming China. It was resist dyed in pale blue, reserving the white ground to achieve the effect of a wave-washed shore, and then embroidered with scattered shells and seaweed in rich colors and naturalistic detail. The alternating blue bands were subtly but gorgeously embellished by accenting the woven floral pattern with impressed gold foil. The primary motif of scattered shells is familiar in Japanese decorative arts, especially lacquer, from the late Momoyama period (1568-1615). The decorative technique of embroidery combined with gold leaf is also inherited from Momoyama textiles.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.253
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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