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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Five-columned kesa with decoration of dragons, phoenixes, and clouds. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten, braid: Red silk ground of five-harness twill weave with figured patterns of dragons, phoenixes, and clouds. The dragons and phoenixes are arranged in bands with interstitial...

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Gift of Charles Henry Parker, from the Estate of Alfred Greenough

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Alfred Greenough Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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Height x width: 48.4 x 127.2 cm (19 1/16 x 50 1/16 in.)

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Silk, silvered paper, gilt paper file; 5/1 twill weave patterned with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1\2 twill order (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


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