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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peony arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground patterned with large peony arabesque in supplementary wefts. The peony stems are executed in white supplementary wefts, the leaves with green supplementary wefts, and the blossoms are...

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Gift to the MFA on February 15, 1917

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese, Edo period, latter half of 18th tofirst half of 19th century

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Height x width: 107 x 210 cm (42 1/8 x 82 11/16 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper, gilt paper filé, silvered paper filé; 2/1 twill weave patterned with continuous (gilt paper) and discontinuous (silk) supplementary wefts bound in 1/2 twill order (karaori); pieced


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