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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of shokko patterns. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with interlocking octagons and squared shokko. Two types of floral patterns decorate the interiors of the octagonal motifs, and the seven treasures (shippo) and diamond...

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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, Edo or Meiji era, late 19th century

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Height x width: 107 x 210 cm (42 1/8 x 82 11/16 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts