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

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Beniji Shokko moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

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

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

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts