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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Six-columned kesa with decoration of lotus arabesques. Columns: Satin weave indigo blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of lotuses and scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Rest of the kesa: Four-harness warp-faced light green silk twill ground with...

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Purchased by Mrs. W. Scott Fitz from Shojiro Nomura; gift of Mrs. Fitz to MFA, February 4, 1915.

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Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz

Japanese, Edo period, 17th or 18th century

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Height x width: 110.3 x 188.1 cm (43 7/16 x 74 1/16 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, gilt paper Columns: lampas with 3/1 twill foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (kinran) Rest of the kesa: 3/1 broken twill with continuous supplementary wefts bound in plain-weave order Pieced and appliquéd


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