Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 136.7 x 221 cm (53 13/16 x 87 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper filé, silvered paper filé; simple gauze weave (sha)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of lotus arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: red silk gauze weave with no ground pattern. The lotus arabesques are rendered in a Japanese embroidery stitch known as suganui (needle-weaving parallel to the weft), couched flat gold thread, couched wrapped thread, and loosely wrapped gold thread. Two types of flat gold thread are apparent; one has darkened. Both wrapped gold thread and thick and thin wrapped thread are used. A floral-shaped crest appears in eight places. Lining: None.


Gift to MFA on February 15, 1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection