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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Kesa of pale gold silk plain-weave, pieced, appliqued and stitched with white silk.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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Overall: 188 x 100 cm (74 x 39 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, plain-weave, pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts