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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragons and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: gold silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, phoenixes, Chinese lions, peonies, and pomegranate roundels. On a gold ground the roundels are rendered in supplementary patterning wefts, leaving...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

KInri ryu hoo karakushishi botan zakuro maru moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Japanese, Meiji or Taisho era, early 20th century

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Height x width: 115.7 x 210 cm (45 9/16 x 82 11/16 in.)

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Appliquéd Nishiki, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 5/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (gilt paper) and 2/1 twill supplementary weave (silk) pieced and appliquéd


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