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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of waves, cypress fences, and gems. Columns, dividing bands, borders: light green silk ground with figured patterns of waves, cypress fences, coral and gems. Cypress fence motifs are overlaid on a background pattern of stylized waves. The float pattern...

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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, Meiji or Taisho era, latter half of the 19th to early 20th century

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Height x width: 115.8 x 206 cm (45 9/16 x 81 1/8 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper; ampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts