Nō Robe (Chōken)

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868) or Meiji Period (1868-1912)

19th century

Silk compound gauze weave with metalized-paper supplementary weft patterning

48 1/2 inches × 6 feet 10 1/2 inches (123.2 × 209.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the George W.B. Taylor Fund and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund, 2002

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theater combines elements of dance, drama, music, and poetry into an art form that emphasizes the aesthetic and symbolic. Splendid costumes relieve the otherwise austere stage and convey a character's status and state of mind. While derived from court dress, they are distinctly stage costumes, with prescribed styles for various male and female roles. This robe, made of airy gauze and decorated with floral motifs and butterflies, is a beautiful example of the choken type usually worn for female dancing roles.