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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of lotus and peony arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: red silk ground patterned with lotus and peony arabesques in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. Only the central portions of the flowers are patterned in colored...

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Gift of Frances McFadden to MFA, November 21, 1984

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Gift of Frances McFadden

Beniji botan karakusa moyo karaori shichijo kesa

Japanese, Edo period, latter half of 18th to first half of 19th century

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Height x width: 112.5 x 214.1 cm (44 5/16 x 84 5/16 in.)

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Appliquéd Karaori, silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave patterned with continuous supplementary wefts (gilt paper) bound in 1\4 twill order and discontinuous supplementary-weft floats (silk); pieced and appliquéd


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