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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of checkerboard patterns and autumn grasses. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground with figured patterns of checkerboards and autumn grasses. Motifs of chrysanthemums, wild pinks, Chinese bellflowers, pampas grass, and bush clover flaoat against the...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Beniji ishitadami akigusa moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

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

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Height x width: 118.8 x 200.1 cm (46 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.)

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Appliquéd Nishiki, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 3/1 twill supplementary weave; appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts