Twelve-Layer Kimono (Translation)
十二単 森田春代 昭和年代 絲網版畫 紙本著色 (Primary Title)

Morita Haruyo 森田春代, Japanese, born 1945 (Artist)

Works On Paper
Serigraph with painted designs; ink, color and gold on paper
Sheet: 37 3/8 × 45 1/2 in. (94.93 × 115.57 cm)
Image: 31 1/4 × 38 1/4 in. (79.38 × 97.16 cm)
Framed: 42 × 50 in. (106.68 × 127 cm)
Not on view

Printed using a modern silk-screen process, this work alludes to various subjects and styles of Japanese art throughout history. The figure depicted wears a lavish kimono of twelve layers and many sashes and straps, which unfold as she sits. This style of dress dates back to the courts of the Heian period (794-1185). Around that same time, China was developing early screen-printing technology, which made its way to Japan just a few centuries later.

Showa period (1926-1989)
春代, Haruyo
春代 Haruyo
312/350,Twelve-layer Kimono, Haruyo" in pencil in lower margin
Gift of Tom and Mitzi Humphrey in memory of Edward Porter Humphrey

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