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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of geometric lozenges and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, borders: medium-toned blue figured silk with geometric lozenges and peony motifs. The geometric lozenges with floral centers form the background, and large peony motifs float on this surface. Similar...

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to the MFA October 13, 1960.

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp

Japanese, Edo period, latter half of 18th to first half of 19th century

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Height x width: 109.1 x 199.0 cm (42 15/16 x 78 3/8 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave patterned with complementary wefts bound in 1/2 twill order and continuous supplementary wefts (gilt paper) bound in 1\4 twill order (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


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