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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragon roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with dragon roundels, clouds, and reversed swastika motifs. The reversed swastika motifs appear as background patterns; the dragon roundels and cloud motifs appear as...

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Purchased by the donor from Shojiro Nomura; gift to MFA on February 4, 1915

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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: 114.2 x 204.5 cm (44 15/16 x 80 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, silver gilt paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts