Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 106.5 x 177.5 cm (41 15/16 x 69 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.24778

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper filé; 4and1 satin weave with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: brown silk figured satin ground decorated with branches of peonies. A repeat pattern of realistically-rendered peony boughs decorates the grayish-brown satin ground. The white plain-weave silk patch on the reverse of the right panel bears an inscription. Inscription: @ (in ink). Lining: none.

Inscription

Inscription @

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection