Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Edo period
17th or 18th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 110.3 x 188.1 cm (43 7/16 x 74 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.261

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper Columns: lampas with 3/1 twill foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (kinran) Rest of the kesa: 3/1 broken twill with continuous supplementary wefts bound in plain-weave order Pieced and appliquéd

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Six-columned kesa with decoration of lotus arabesques. Columns: Satin weave indigo blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of lotuses and scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Rest of the kesa: Four-harness warp-faced light green silk twill ground with woven-in patterns of peonies with double-tendrilled scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: White plain-weave silk.
Inscription: @ (in ink). White and green plain silk braid attached.

Provenance

Purchased by Mrs. W. Scott Fitz from Shojiro Nomura; gift of Mrs. Fitz to MFA, February 4, 1915.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz