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Fragment of priest's robe (kesa)

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Fragment of white silk damask with design of diamond lozenges, each containing a six-petalled floral motif, formed by bands of interlocking key fret pattern. Said to be part of the lining of the robe belonging to the priest Muso Kokushi. See also 40.176a, b, and c.


Gift from Iwataro Oka to the MFA, November 2, 1933

Credit Line

Gift of Iwataro Oka

Japanese (Chinese fabric), Song dynasty, 960–1279

Object Place

Sung Dynasty, China


Overall: 9.2 x 10cm (3 5/8 x 3 15/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask


Textiles and Fashion Arts