Bugaku dance costume (hanpi)

Japanese
Edo period
17th or 18th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

89.5 x 78.1 cm (35 1/4 x 30 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

31.440b

Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave ground with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, embroidered

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Bugaku dance vest (hanpi) with overall design of interlacing diamond pattern surrounding phoenix and paulownia motifs embroidered in red, pink, yellow, green, blue and white silk on a dark blue plain-weave silk ground. The neck, front and sleeve openings are trimmed with reddish-orange twill-weave silk with paulownia motifs created by discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. There is a wide band of double-layer black, plain-weave silk, pleated at the sides, along the bottom edge and a pale blue, plain-weave silk lining. This vest is part of a three-piece Bugaku dance costume (tsune shôzoku) in the collection.

Provenance

1931, sold by Yamanaka and Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 2, 1931)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund