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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of flowering plants. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: red silk ground with figured patterns of flowers and the myriad treasures. Peonies and two types of stylized floral motifs arranged in horizontal bands with the myriad treasures motif in the...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Beniji kahotsukushi moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Japanese, Meiji or Taisho era, late 19th to early 20th century

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Height x width: 124.4 x 206.8 cm (49 x 81 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave Nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts