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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of chrysanthemum arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: gold silk ground with woven-in patterns of large chrysanthemums connected by scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining reddish-purple silk...

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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, latter half of 18th to first half of 19th century

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Height x width: 105.6 x 203.5 cm (41 9/16 x 80 1/8 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper; 4/1 satin weave with complimentary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order (kinran); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts