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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border: white silk figured satin-weave ground with cloud and dragon motifs. Dragons in ascending and descending poses face each other, and the interstitial spaces are filled with cloud patterns. Shiten: none. ...

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Gift to the MFA on, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Hakuji unryu moyo shuchin shichijo kesa

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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Height x width: 115.8 x 199.5 cm (45 9/16 x 78 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Shuchin, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; pieced


Textiles and Fashion Arts