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Artist, workshop of: Tawaraya Sōtatsu, Japanese, active 1600–1643

Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode)

early 17th century

Six-panel folding screen: ink and mineral pigments on gold foiled paper

65 1/2 × 143 1/2 in. (166.4 × 364.5 cm)
without mounting: 60 1/4 × 139 3/8 in. (153 × 354 cm)
Collection of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, LL.B. 1963
ILE2017.16.9
Screens depicting sumptuous garments draped over stands, known as Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode), became popular during the transition between the Momoyama and Edo periods. The term tagasode can be traced back to classic love poems and is a provocative theme, inviting viewers to speculate on the possible owners of such gorgeous clothing. This screen shows several garments, including a child’s kimono with an attached long sash at the upper left, and may have been intended as a wedding gift. As the visual effect of a kimono was augmented by the scent of the wearer, the painting also awakens multiple senses. Screens of this type incorporate different fabric designs and techniques such as embroidery and tie-dyeing, illustrating trends from the late sixteenth and the early seventeenth century.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
late Momoyama (1573–1615) or early Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

T. Yanagi. Purchased by Richard M. Danziger and Peggy Danziger, New York; lent in 2017 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 148–49, 377, pl. 137.

Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, “Draped in Silks: Whose Sleeves Adorn These Japanese Folding Screens?,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 143–47, fig. 1–3.

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