SURIHAKU NOH COSTUME

#3462

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Silk and gold foil. Satin weave and gilding by means of a stencil and adhesive
115.5 x 152 cm. (45 1/2″ x 60″)
Triangles (uroko in Japanese, symbolizing reptilian scales) in a network which is irregular along the bottom of the pattern
Edo period, second half of the nineteenth century

Japanese noh theater costume for female roles; worn as an under robe in combination with another Noh costume; surihaku with this pattern indicate that the female character, being consumed by jealousy, is in the process of turning into a reptilian beast with scales; a rare example of a Noh costume which was used exclusively for a specific role

Very good condition

Provenance: Japanese collection, Kyoto

cf. pl. 73, No no hana (Splendeur du théâtre nô: Masques, costumes et objets de la collection Rokurô Umewaka), Tokyo, 1989.

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