Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

KInri ryu hoo karakushishi botan zakuro maru moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Meiji or Taisho era
early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 115.7 x 210 cm (45 9/16 x 82 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd Nishiki, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 5/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (gilt paper) and 2/1 twill supplementary weave (silk) pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragons and phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border: gold silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, phoenixes, Chinese lions, peonies, and pomegranate roundels. On a gold ground the roundels are rendered in supplementary patterning wefts, leaving very little undecorated space. Shiten, niten: white silk three-harness warp-faced twill ground with woven-in designs of cranes and clouds in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: peach plain-weave silk.


Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection