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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of ivy and wisteria arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border: indigo silk four-harness warp-faced twill ground with woven-in patterns of ivy and wisteria vines complemented by chrysanthemum and wave roundels in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper...

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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 18th to first half of 19th century

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Height x width: 106.7 x 207.0 cm (42 x 81 1/2 in.)

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Silk, gilt paper; lampas with 3/1 twill foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (kinran); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts