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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decorations of birds and floral arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with patterns of abstract double-headed bird motifs (possibly condors) and Western-style vertically-oriented scrolling vines. Thought to have been woven in...

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Gift to the MFA on March 9, 1950

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp

Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, 19th to early 20th century

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HxW: 116.3 x 211.8 cm (45 13/16 x 83 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, 7and1 satin weave patterned by weft floats and complementary wefts bound in 1/3 twill order (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts