About this artwork
The backs of the sleeves on this uchikake (outer robe) feature a design of lacquer boxes nestled among flowers. Boxes like these were used to store the pieces for the shell-matching game (kai-awase), in which the two-sided interior of a clamshell has been painted with a scene from literature or a poem and then separated. The game is played by matching the paired halves—an appropriate motif for this wedding kimono. The array of flowers is also auspicious and includes chrysanthemums as well as peonies amidst plants of all seasons.
- Made 1920–1940
- Silk, plain weave with creped wefts (chirimen); stenciled and resist dyed (yûzenzome: utsushinori, hikizome, bokashizome) with gold leaf, chalk and sumi ink painted details; embroidered with silk and silver-foil-on-paper-strip-wrapped rayon in knot, single satin and satin stitches; lined with rayon, plain weave
- 173.8 × 125.3 cm (68 3/8 × 49 3/8 in.) Shoulder to hem length: 166.4 cm (65 1/2 in.) Sleeve length: 105.8 cm (41 5/8 in.) Collar back to hem length: 94 cm (22 3/4 in.) Width at hem: 57.7 cm (22 3/4 in.) Sleeve length: 33 cm (13 in.) Width of center front panel hem overlap: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.) Width of collar band: 7.2 cm (2 7/8 in.)
- Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays