About this artwork
While this work may initially appear to be a decorative hanging showing various forms of marine life, closer inspection reveals that it is indeed a kesa pieced into a composition of seven columns. The embroidered decoration is not aquatic at all but rather consists of three varieties of motifsa phoenix, Paulownia flowers and leaves, and the family crest of the Tokugawa family, which ruled Japan during the Edo period. From each of these motifs emerge three or four curving tendrils. Unpatterned areas were planned to fall in the folds when the kesa was worn.
- Currently Off View
- Japan (Object made in)
- Made 1801–1900
- Silk; plain weave self-patterned by rows of gauze crossings, embroidered with silk
- 109.6 × 176.8 cm (43 1/8 × 69 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Ralph E. Hays in memory of Mary Van Artsdalen Hays