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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of lotus petals floating on water. Columns, dividing bands, border: green silk ground with figured patterns of running water and floating lotus petals. The flat gold-leafed paper yarn is very thin. In addition to the flat gold-leafed paper and single-color...

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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, latter half of the 19th century

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Height x width: 121 x 201 cm (47 5/8 x 79 1/8 in.)

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Nishiki, silk, gilt paper; 2/1 weave with continuous (gilt paper) and discontinuous (silk) supplementary wefts bound in 1\2 twill order; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts