Thumbnail-size images of copyrighted artworks are displayed under fair use, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, published by the College Art Association in February 2015.

Kimono (homongi)

Mountain and lake (Sanko)

Showa period
Artist Kohakushi Kumagai (Japanese, 1917–1985)

Object Place: Tokyo, Japan


Overall: 165.1 x 132.1 cm (65 x 52 in.) Other (Collar): 11.4cm (4 1/2in.) Other (cb overall): 167.6cm (66in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave, printed with cherry blossom and zelkovia leaves using rubbing (surizome) technique; gold leaf imprint

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White kimono printed with a mountain and lake scene using a pressing or rubbing technique known as surizome. Various shades of blue and green create patterning, upper portion of kimono uses zelkovia leaves and lower portion uses cherry blossom leaves. Interior lined in silk with hand written inscription (in Japanese) from the artist reads: “Kimono (homongi)/made by Kohakushi Kumagai/Mountain and Lake (Sanko)/silk weave (tsumugi)/surizome/Tokyo Shibuya Higashi 2-6-10.”


Gift to MFA on October 15, 1984

Credit Line

Gift of the Society for the Advancement of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan