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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of waves, coral, and winged dragons.The white ground is covered with straight and curving bands of light blue, light green and gold. The design is woven with bright red, violet, green, light blue, white and gold. Columns, dividing bands, border: white silk...

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, late Edo or Meiji-Taisho era, latter half of the 19th to early 20th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 115 x 200 x 200 cm (45 1/4 x 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.3921

Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

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Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes