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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of crane and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground patterned with a crane, phoenixes, chrysanthemums, and diamonds in supplementary wefts. Interspersed among two large phoenixes and a crane are various types of chrysanthemum branches and...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th to early 20th century

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Height x width: 113.2 x 199.5 cm (44 9/16 x 78 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; 2/1 twill weave with discontinuous supplementary wefts bound in 1\2 twill order; pieced and appliquéd (Karaori)


Textiles and Fashion Arts