Fireman's Coat

Fireman's Coat

late 1800s to early 1900s
Country
Japan
fireman's coat
Quilted (sashiko) cotton cloth with freehand paste-resist decoration (tsutsugaki)
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim by exchange
1999.265
. Fireman's Coat. late 1800s to early 1900s. Quilted (sashiko) cotton cloth with freehand paste-resist decoration (tsutsugaki). Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim by exchange. 1999.265.
Dimensions
height: 37 in, 93.9800 cm; width: 23.5 in, 59.6900 cm; sleeve length: 12.375 in, 31.4325 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Japanese firemen's coats are reversible. When fighting fires, the coat was worn as shown, together with close-fitting trousers, a hood, and gloves. Saturated with water, these garments gave protection against flames. A bold, legible pattern on the back identified the fireman’s brigade. For festive occasions, the pictorial side faced outward. This coat shows the Toad Spirit offering to teach the robber Jiraya magic, provided he used it only to benefit humanity.
Known Provenance
Purchased December 1999 from Mary Hunt Kahlenberg [Tai Gallery, Santa Fe, NM] by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)