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Lady with Servant, Bamboo Trellis and Wisteria
  • unknown maker from Japan
  • Lady with Servant, Bamboo Trellis and Wisteria, 1600s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color, gold on paper
  • Object Height/Width: each panel 152 x 86.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: each panel 59 13/16 x 34 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2000.0064
Label Text

Two panel folding screen. Left panel depicts a courtesan with a young female attendant who holds a pipe and small bag while walking towards a wisteria-draped bamboo trellis that fills the right panel. Background of gold leaf squares. Designs overall outlined in gold. Illustrates several examples of shibori tie-dye technique. Courtesan's outer kosode decorated with folding fans. Inner kosode decorated with scattered six-sided polygon and grass motif. Next layer is white and innermost garment is red with hitta in gold. Perhaps wearing checkered-pattern ichimatsu obi. Attendant wears red kosode with large blue figured circle and green five-petal flower design at hem and sleeves. Wave and spray design at hem as well. White kimono underneath and innermost garment red and gold