An image of 'Maiginu' noh robe

Unknown Artist

'Maiginu' noh robe

Other titles:
Paulownia decorated noh robe
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
early 19th century
Media
Textile
Medium
gauze weave, silk and gilt paper strips
Dimensions
143.0 x 216.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 2004
Accession number
176.2004