Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Hakuji ryu botan moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Japanese
Meiji or Taisho era
early 20th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 136.9 x 221 cm (53 7/8 x 87 in.)

Accession Number

21.206

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragon roundels and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: white silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, clouds, and peonies. On a white ground fabric, roundels of dragons alternate with peonies, and clouds are scattered in the interstitial spaces. Niten: none. Lining: white plain-weave silk.

Provenance

Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection