Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo or Meiji era
latter half of the 19th century

Object Place: Japan


112.3 x 200 cm (44 3/16 x 78 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper; plain weave patterned with continuous supplementary wefts (gilt paper) bound in plain weave order and discontinuous supplementary wefts (silk) bound in 1\3 twill order (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of eight-plank bridges. Columns, dividing bands, border: brown silk ground patterned with the eight-plank bridge and irises motif, known as yatsuhashi, in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. Plain-weave ground with flat gold-leafed paper and multicolored supplementary wefts bound in a twill weave. Shiten, niten: white silk figured satin-weave ground with patterns of stylized snowflakes and myriad treasures. Plant motifs enclosed within the snowflake design, with scattered motifs of the myriad treasures in the interstitial spaces. Lining: Light red plain-weave silk.


Gift to MFA on February 15,1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection