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Robe for the Nō Theater
Polychrome figured silk, Dragons and clouds, 1750-1820

"Nō is a traditional Japanese dance drama with a poetic text that is sung to the accompaniment of three drums and a flute. All the actors are male. The costumes are heavy and stiff with emphatic designs that suit the slow, deliberate movements of the Nō performance. This type of robe is known as atsuita and would probably have been worn by an actor playing a male role.”

From the V&A Museum in London