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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of shokko patterns. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: red silk ground with figured patterns of interlocking geometric shapes (shokko). Chrysanthemums enclosed within square-shaped motifs are linked with four-petalled flowers. Chrysanthemum arabesques...

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Provenance

Gift of Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA March 3, 1921.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Beniji Shokko moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

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

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 137.9 x 222.5 cm (54 5/16 x 87 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.203

Medium or Technique

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

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