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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: white silk ground patterned with clouds and phoenixes in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. The flat gold-leafed paper and multicolored supplementary wefts are bound separately on a...

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Gift to the MFA on February 15, 1917

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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

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Height x width: 118.6 x 200.1 cm (46 11/16 x 78 3/4 in.)

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Columns: silk, gilt paper; lampas with 7 and 1 satin foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (karaori) Dividing bands: silk, gilt paper; 5/1 twill weave with continuous (gilt paper) and discontinuous (silk) supplementary wefts bound in 1/2 twill order; pieced


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