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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of flower baskets. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk six-harness twill weave ground patterned with flower baskets in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. The flat gold-leafed paper thread glitters brilliantly. The flower baskets are rendered in...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

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110.8 x 202.8 cm (43 5/8 x 79 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd Karaori, silk, gilt paper; silvered paper filé; 5/1 twill weave with continuous supplementary wefts (gilt paper) bound in 1/2 twill order and discontinuous supplementary weft floats (silk and filé); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts