Noh Costume (Atsuita) with Clouds and Hexagons

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: 19th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Silk twill damask with silk brocading wefts and supplementary weft patterning in metallic thread

Dimensions: Overall: 65 x 55in. (165.1 x 139.7cm)

Classification: Costumes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919

Accession Number: 19.88.3


Characteristic of the type of Noh robe known as atsuita, used for male roles, is this plain-weave robe with a bold supplementary weft pattern of scattered clouds over clusters of hexagons enclosing a stylized blossom. A conventional tortoise-shell pattern of interlocking hexagons, expressing auspicious connotations of long life, is combined here with clouds, a motif associated with supernatural power.