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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Five-columned kesa with decoration of peony arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: silk ground fabric of red gauze weave embroidered with a pattern of peonies and scrolling vines. Using a twisted yarn, the motif is created by needle-weaving parallel to the weft yarns in the...

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Dr. WIlliam Sturgis Bigelow gift to MFA March 3, 1921.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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L x W: 106.5 x 179 cm (41 15/16 x 70 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, simple gauze weave (sha), embroidery, pierced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts