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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of lotus arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: red silk gauze weave with no ground pattern. The lotus arabesques are rendered in a Japanese embroidery stitch known as suganui (needle-weaving parallel to the weft), couched flat gold...

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Provenance

Gift to MFA on February 15, 1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Object Place

Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 136.7 x 221 cm (53 13/16 x 87 in.)

Accession Number

17.661

Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper filé, silvered paper filé; simple gauze weave (sha)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes