Paul Binnie, Hagoromo, Feathered Robe, Contemporary
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 - )
Title: Hagoromo (The Feathered Robe)
Published: by the artist
Size: 47.5 × 33.7 cm
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.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Title||Hagoromo (The Feathered Robe) 37/100|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Ghosts, Spirits & Religion, Contemporary|
|Dimensions||47.5 × 33.7 cm|