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Nô theatre costume

Other titles:
Noh theatre costume
Location
Not on display
Further information

Nō is a stylised dance-drama in which actors wear elaborate costumes and wooden masks. In contrast to kabuki which began as street entertainment, nō has its origins in temple ritual and has long been considered an aristocratic art form, enjoyed by shogunate and samurai nobility. Nō robes reflect the rich clothing of its traditional warrior-class patrons and are produced using expensive materials and complex techniques. With its vibrant design of expressive dragons in roundels against a stylised tortoiseshell pattern ‘bishamon-kikkō’ and fluid whirlpool ‘uzumaki’ motifs, this robe would most likely have been worn as an outer garment by an actor playing a male role.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1800
Media
Textile
Medium
silk and gold; ikat dyed threads for the warp; brocade weave using flat strips of gilt paper
Dimensions
134.5 x 137.0 cm
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the VisAsia Dinner Fund to commemorate the 'Goddess: Divine Energy' exhibition 2006
Accession number
286.2006