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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: gold figured silk with peony motifs. The gold ground is decorated with large peonies and curved branches. Shiten, niten: in each corner, there is a red silk ground fabric with a representation of one of the Four...

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Gift of Marshall H. Gould to the MFA on January 12, 1939 Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

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Gift of Marshall H. Gould

Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of 19th century

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Height x width: 114.7 x 198.2 cm (45 3/16 x 78 1/16 in.)

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Appliquéd Nishiki, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts