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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peony aragesques. Columns, dividing bands, borders, shiten, niten: dark blue silk three-harness warp-faced twill ground. A red warp binds the supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper. Double-tendrilled gold vines connect the peony and plum blossom...

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Gift to the MFA, January 14, 1943

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Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham

Japanese, Meiji or Taisho era, latter half of 19th to early 20th century

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Height x width: 112.0 x 186.0 cm (44 1/8 x 73 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts