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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Man's Robe (kimono), 1950-1960
Silk
51 in. x 55 in. (129.54 cm x 139.7 cm)


Object Type: Textile
Technique: Woven
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: T1007


Commentary
Forms a kamishimo set, a formal outfit comprised of a kimono, hakama and kataginu. See also T673 and T674.

This three-part costume set / kamishimo is comprised of a short sleeve outer robe / kimono, a sleeveless inner robe / kataginu and trousers / hakama, that would be worn by an actor portraying a high-ranking samurai or member of the upper class. The outer robe is of green silk brocade, decorated with dragons and waves, while the inner robe and trousers are red silk brocade with patterned flowers in hexagons.

The robe is decorated with rondels depicting dragons and waves woven with dark green silk and gold wrapped threads. Such stylized dragons were said to live underwater and could ascend into the clouds to bring rain. Such a garment might be worn onstage by an auspicious character.

Prof. Bruce Coats


Professor Bruce Coats

Medium
Dark green and gold silk brocade.

Object Description
A man’s kabuki theater costume. A full length robe with a background of dark green brocade and decorated with a pattern of dragon roundels on waves. The dragon roundels and waves are woven in gold wrapped paper/gilt and olive green embroidery. The lizard and cloud-like dragons have scales and horns, and are depicted as “rain dragons” which were believed to be the cause of rain. These Japanese stylized dragons were believed to live underwater, and their occasional transformation and ascension into heaven was believed to be a metaphor for advancement in the world. Three embroidered gold and black family crests (mon) can be found on the back of the robe under the collar and on the left and right shoulders. The mon depict a karabana flower. Karabana translates to “Chinese flower” and was an imaginary flower originally imported from China. The inside of the robe is lined in off-white silk and has padding along the collar and sleeve edges.

- Written by Alison Wong, Claremont McKenna College '09, Fall 2008; edited by Patricia Yu, Pomona '09, Getty Summer Intern, August 2008.


Possibly goes with with SC0357 and SC0356.

For More Information:

Hibi, Sadao and Motoji Niwa. Snow, Wave, Pine: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design.

Kennedy, Alan. Japanese Costume: History and Tradition.

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