Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Edo or Meiji era
latter half of 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 114.7 x 198.2 cm (45 3/16 x 78 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

39.2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: gold figured silk with peony motifs. The gold ground is decorated with large peonies and curved branches. Shiten, niten: in each corner, there is a red silk ground fabric with a representation of one of the Four Guardian Kings woven in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. The two panels on either side of the central column contain the same figures as the two squares in the upper left and right corners. Lining: light blue silk monochrome figured satin-weave with mandarin orange and diamond-shaped motifs. Set with 39.1.

Provenance

Gift of Marshall H. Gould to the MFA on January 12, 1939 Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

Gift of Marshall H. Gould