Costume and Textiles
Nō Robe (Chōken)Made in Japan, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Silk compound gauze weave with metalized-paper supplementary weft patterning
Currently not on view
2002-195-1Purchased with the George W.B. Taylor Fund and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund, 2002
LabelNō 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 Nō 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.