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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of chrysanthemums. Columns, dividing bands, borders, shiten, niten: red silk ground patterned with chrysanthemum bushes in the floats of the supplementary wefts. The supplementary-weft floats are not very long, but the relaxed quality is still apparent....

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, late 18th to early 19th century

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Height x width: 113.3 x 212.7 cm (44 5/8 x 83 3/4 in.)

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


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