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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of paulownia and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: dark blue silk figured satin-weave ground with stylized paulownia and phoenix motifs in alternating horizontal bands. The colors are intentionally blurred or shaded in sections of the motif. A...

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Gift of Denman Waldo Ross gift to the MFA, February 15, 1917 Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of 19th century

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Height x width: 118.7 x 200.8 cm (46 3/4 x 79 1/16 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