Boys' Baby Carrier Cover (Miyamairi)

Boys' Baby Carrier Cover (Miyamairi)

1900-1925
Country
Japan
cover, baby carrier
Stenciled paste resist (yuzen-zome), ink painting and gold thread embroidery on woven silk
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Jonathan and Dale Carolyn Gluckman
2011.400
. Boys' Baby Carrier Cover (Miyamairi) . 1900-1925. Stenciled paste resist (yuzen-zome), ink painting and gold thread embroidery on woven silk. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Jonathan and Dale Carolyn Gluckman. 2011.400.
Dimensions
length: 44 1/2 in, 113.0300 cm; width: 33 in, 83.8200 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
For the first presentation of a baby to the gods at a Shinto shrine, a ceremony known as miyamairi, parents used this symbolic kimono-shaped baby carrier cover, also called a miyamairi. The cover’s style, color, and design indicate the gender and status of the child while other details provide talismanic protection. The forceful image of a hawk was appropriate for a male child, and the quality of workmanship denotes a family of status and means.
Known Provenance
Purchased in the 1980s by Dale C. Gluckman [Los Angeles, CA, b.1944] in Tokyo; gifted December 2011 by Dale C. Gluckman to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)