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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border: dark blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of dragons and clouds in supplementary wefts of gold-wrapped thread. Dragons and cloud patterns alternate with clouds filling the interstices. Shiten and...

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Purchased by the donor of Shojiro Nomura; gift to 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 the 18th–first half of the 19th century

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Height x width: 120 x 206.5 cm (47 1/4 x 81 5/16 in.)

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts