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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of Shakkyo patterns. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground patterned in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. Horizontal bands of clouds decorate the upper portion, followed in descending order by Chinese lions and peonies, and waterfalls and...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th to early 20th century

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117.9 x 199.5 cm (46 7/16 x 78 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts