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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragon roundels and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: white silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, clouds, and peonies. On a white ground fabric, roundels of dragons alternate with peonies, and clouds are scattered in the interstitial...

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Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Hakuji ryu botan moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Japanese, Meiji or Taisho era, early 20th century

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Height x width: 136.9 x 221 cm (53 7/8 x 87 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts