Sumibōshi

Sumibōshi

角帽子

1800-1850

Silksatin weave; metal thread weft

Average: 257.2 x 67.3 cm (101 1/4 x 26 1/2 in.)

Worcester R. Warner Collection 1916.11

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The design on this hat is meant to resemble metal hanging ornaments adorning the interiors of Japanese Buddhist temples.

Description

Sumibōshi literally means "hat with corners" in Japanese, and refers to the square shape made when this textile hat is tied on the head. Actors playing the roles of religious figures in Nō theater often wear this kind of cap. It derives from Buddhist vestments.

See also
Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Garment

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