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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragon roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with figured patterns of clouds interspersed among scattered dragon roundels. The entire outer fabric is constructed of the same material. A light blue braid with a...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

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Height x width: 187 x 215.5 cm (73 5/8 x 84 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and 1/3 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts