Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)
latter half of the 19th century
Object Place: Japan
HxW:107.8 x 196.0 cm (42 7/16 x 77 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Appliquéd Shuchin, silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave patterned with weft floats bound in 1/2 twill order and and supplimentary wefts (gilt paper) bound in 1\4 twill order; pieced and appliquéd
Not On View
Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: indigo silk figured satin-weave ground with painterly motifs of alternating peonies and branches with scattered butterflies. The metallic yarn consists of gold-wrapped thread. Niten: dark blue silk figured satin-weave ground with floral arabesques. The composition of the arabesques resembles the interlocking circular shapes of the shokko pattern. Lining: striped plain-weave silk (modern addition).
Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to the MFA, March 9, 1950.
Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp