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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven columned kesa with decoration of snow-covered chrysanthemums. Columns, sections of dividing bands, border: gold silk ground patterned with layers of of stylized snowflakes in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. Chrysanthemums and abstract floral motifs covered by the snow overlap...

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to the MFA on March 9, 1950

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp

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

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HxW:109.2 x 202.6 cm (43 x 79 3/4 in.)

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Columns: silk, gilt paper; 2/1twill weave with continuous supplementary wefts (gilt paper) bound in twill order and discontinuous supplementary weft floats (silk) bound at intervals (karaori) Dividing bands: silk, silvered paper; lampas with 4/1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts