Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Meiji or Taishô era
early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 46.9 x 150.5 cm (18 7/16 x 59 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave patterned by weft floats bound in 1/4 twill order and with continuous supplementary wefts of gilt paper bound in 1/2 twill order (kinran); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Five-columned kesa with decoration of flowering plants. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten, braid: light brown silk ground with woven-in patterns of flowering plants in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Satin-weave ground interwoven with glittering gold and white threads comprising five-petalled floral motifs and the leaves of flowering plants.Lining: white silk twill weave ground with pattern of clematis and scrolling vines.


Gift to MFA on February 15,1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection