Our striking Noh Textile Bracelet is based on the intricate gold leaf pattern from a nineteenth-century surihaku
—a kimono-shaped robe patterned with metallic leaf —in the Museum’s collection. The surihaku
textile for this robe was made by applying paste through stencils and pressing gold leaf onto the still-wet paste. The artful arrangement of the stencils yielded a fluid, rhythmic pattern of water, water plants, and leaves.
18K gold overlay, with translucent enamel. Inner circumference: 8''L.; 7/16"W.
- 18K gold overlay
- Translucent enamel
- 7/16"WInner circumference: 8''L
Art HistoryNoh theater has been performed in Japan since the fourteenth century. Early Noh costumes paralleled the everyday wear of the samurai, until the fifteenth century, when certain garments arose specifically for the Noh stage. During the Edo period (1615–1868), the Tokugawa shogunate officially sponsored Noh, and feudal barons throughout the realm supported Noh troupes.