Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Meiji or Taisho era
late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 187 x 215.5 cm (73 5/8 x 84 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and 1/3 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragon roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with figured patterns of clouds interspersed among scattered dragon roundels. The entire outer fabric is constructed of the same material. A light blue braid with a tassel is attached to the outer fabric, and a cord of similar type is attached to the lining. Niten: none. Lining: light red plain-weave silk.


Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection