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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa) of 25 bands; purple crepe ground appliqued with yellow silk of plain weave patterned in twill. Ties and ivory loop present for closure.

Inscription

"hirai ho zensho dai redo zenji" which refers to the mountain hirai ho and given to the zen temple in that district, in the middle of Spring.

Provenance

Nakamura, Kyoto, Japan; Cynthia Shaver; purchased by MFA, September 26, 2001

Credit Line

Marshall H. Gould Fund

Japanese, Edo period, about 1713

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

109.2 x 203.2 cm (43 x 80 in.)

Accession Number

2001.560

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave figured in twill appliquéd with silk plain weave (crepe); ivory

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes