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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Nine-columned kesa with decoration of phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with woven-in patterns of phoenix and cloud motifs in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. On a plain-weave ground of thin warps and thick wefts, the discontinuous...

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Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

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Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham

Japanese, Meiji era, latter half of 19th century

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Height x width: 106. x 189.5 cm (41 3/4 x 74 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd Kinran, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 3/1 plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts