Paul Binnie, Beauty, Hagoromo, Feathered Robe, Contemporary Art

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Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 - )
Title: Hagoromo (The Feathered Robe)
Edition: 37/100
Published: by the artist
Date: 2017
Size: 47.5 × 33.7 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Paul Binnie, Hagoromo, Feathered Robe, Angel, Buddhism, Contemporary, Beauty, Original Japanese woodblock print
Paul Binnie, Hagoromo, Feathered Robe, Angel, Buddhism, Contemporary, Beauty, Original Japanese woodblock print Paul Binnie, Hagoromo, Feathered Robe, Angel, Buddhism, Contemporary, Beauty, Original Japanese woodblock print


In the Noh play Hagoromo (The Feather Mantle), a fisherman is walking with his companions at night when he finds the Hagoromo, the magical feather-mantle of a tennin (an aerial spirit or celestial dancer) hanging on a bough. The tennin sees him taking it and demands its return, as she cannot return to Heaven without it. The fisherman finally promises to return it if she will agree to show him her dance. She accepts his offer, then after her dance, the tennin disappears like a mountain slowly hidden in mist.

In the Hagoromo print, a beautiful young woman is pulling on a hanten (outer robe) of pale teal with deeply embossed feathers, and her green kimono itself is decorated with silver peacock feathers. The allusion here is that the bijin (beautiful woman) is a heavenly creature, perhaps retrieving her feathered robe, and destined to vanish from view as she exits the image.

Paul Binnie


Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie’s work is heavily influenced by the Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed to renew declining Ukiyo-e tradition and break into foreign markets by commissioning new, young artists who would work within the old co-operated system, composed of the publisher, artist, engraver and printers. However, Binnie works independently, making prints from beginning to the end, as was done by artists of the post-war Sosaku hanga movement. He works across several different subjects including kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. Binnie’s original plan of a short stay in Japan changed once he started to sell his kabuki prints. He decided to expand his technique and remained in Japan creating works of this subject until 1998. His interest in Japanese tattoo was born when he saw Yakuza, members of the Japanese mafia who traditionally have body tattoos, bathing for the first time in a sento (Japanese-style public bath). Near the end of 1997, he began to expand into Japanese landscape prints, which became a huge success.

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Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectBeauty & Female, Ghosts & Religion, Contemporary
Dimensions47.5 × 33.7 cm
Condition ReportExcellent.
PublisherSelf Published
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