Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Meiji or Taisho era
latter half of 19th to early 20th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 112.0 x 186.0 cm (44 1/8 x 73 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

43.7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peony aragesques. Columns, dividing bands, borders, shiten, niten: dark blue silk three-harness warp-faced twill ground. A red warp binds the supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper. Double-tendrilled gold vines connect the peony and plum blossom motifs. Lining: light red plain-weave silk.

Provenance

Gift to the MFA, January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham