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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa, yokogesa)

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Five-columned kesa with decoration of Saga-style paulownia. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten, braid: dark blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of Saga-style paulownia in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: silk ground fabric of six-harness warp-faced...

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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 or Meiji era, 19th century

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Overall: 57.2 x 150.4cm (22 1/2 x 59 3/16in.)

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Silk (kinran), gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts