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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with cloud and dragon motifs. The comparatively diminutive rendering of clouds and dragons in simplified rectangular shapes repeats vertically and horizontally. The...

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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, 19th century

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HxW:115.5 x 202 cm (45 1/2 x 79 1/2 in.)

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Appliquéd Shuchin, silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts