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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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Provenance

Gift to the MFA on March 9, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp

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

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

50.296

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes