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Noh robe

Noh robe

late 17th-early 18th century

This elegant textile began its life in the home of an aristocrat, who later donated it to an acting troupe, following the practice of the time. In this way, the robe moved across social classes as well as across space and time. This migration of objects across boundaries was not unusual, particularly in the topsy-turvy Edo period, when the new urban elite gained an unprecedented degree of purchasing power.
Silk, with silk and gilded yarn brocading
66 x 56 x 3"
Gift of Richard Louis Brown
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

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