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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of chrysanthemums and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, borders, shiten: red silk figured satin-weave ground with chrysanthemum and peony arabesques. In addition to the chrysanthemums and peonies, there are two other types of unidentifiable floral motifs that...

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Gift to MFA March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Beniji kiku botan karakusa moyo shuchin shichijo kesa

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

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Height x width: 135.5 x 223.8 cm (53 3/8 x 88 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd Shuchin, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts