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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of chrysanthemums. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum motifs. The rigid alignment of the chrysanthemums is reminiscent of the pattern of interlocking geometric figures referred to as...

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Purchased by the donor of Shojiro Nomura; gift of MFA on February 4, 1915 Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

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Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz

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

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115.5 x 200.1 cm (45 1/2 x 78 3/4 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, silvered paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts