Noh costume: Nuihaku type, chrysanthemum, water and mist motifs

UnknownEdo period (18th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This costume is decorated with large chrysanthemums in a stream, some floating, some submerged. The flowing water and whirlpools are embroidered in white and blue. The mist is expressed by the surihaku work faintly visible at their periphery. In surihaku, a design is stenciled on in glue and gold or silver leaf applied to it. When the glue dries, the excess foil is removed, leaving the metallic pattern. The technique used in robes such as this, a combination of embroidery and gold or silver leaf, is called nuihaku, literally embroidered and leafed. Surihaku rubs off easily and, in this example, has been almost entirely lost. Originally, however, the use of gold leaf for the mist created an even more sumptuous effect.


  • Title: Noh costume: Nuihaku type, chrysanthemum, water and mist motifs
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Edo period (18th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w630 x h1445 cm
  • Object Title (Japanese): 能装束 菊水霞模様縫箔
  • Object Date (English): Edo period (18th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 染織
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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