The Kosode Garment Collection of the Daihiko Textile Merchant

"The Kosode Garment Collection of the Daihiko Textile Merchant"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Rooms T1 & T2  June 9, 2015 (Tue) - August 2, 2015 (Sun)

  
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Pine bark, lozenge, and bamboo design on white silk ground with glossed weft, Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Azuchi - Momoyama - Edo period, 16t - 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

In 1875, Noguchi Hikobei (1848–1925) established the Daihiko Textile Merchant in the Tachibana area of Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Believing that to create something new, “one must gain a wide range of knowledge and experience, improve one’s ability to discern quality and value, and be shrewd in separating the good from the bad,” he amassed a collection of Edo-period (1603–1868) kosode garments around the turn of the century.
This thematic exhibition focuses on Noguchi as a textile merchant, rather than as a scholar, who contributed to research on Edo-period kososde. It features carefully-selected masterpieces and rare examples from his collection.

Current exhibit includes:
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Pine bark, lozenge, and bamboo design on white silk ground with glossed weft, Purportedly presented to Kyogen actor Sagi Niemon Sogen by Tokugawa Ieyasu Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Azuchi - Momoyama - Edo period, 16t -17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Diagonal stripe and poem design on white figured satin ground,
Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Edo period, 17th century
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Floral roundel design on yellow parti-colored figured satin ground, Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Edo period, 17th century
Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Plum tree, standing screen, and falcon design on white chirimen crepe ground, Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Edo period, 18th century
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Chinese landscape design on light blue chirimen silk crepe ground, Formely owned by Noguchi Hikobei, Edo period, 18th century

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