Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: White figured silk with patterns of heavenly mountains, clouds, dragons, and mythical beasts (kirin). Niten: None. Lining: Red plain-weave 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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century
Height x width: 52.2 x 106.5 cm (20 9/16 x 41 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Nishiki, silk, silvered paper; lampas with plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd