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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of checkerboard patterns and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: green figured silk with checkered ground, and figured patterns of phoenixes, dragons, floral arabesque, Japanese hand drums, folding fans, and decorative streamers. Affronted phoenixes,...

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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, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century

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Height x width: 117.4 x 203 cm (46 1/4 x 79 15/16 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts