Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Edo period
latter half of 18th to first half of 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 116.0 x 201.7 cm (45 11/16 x 79 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.50.6

Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper filé; 4and1 satin weave with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/4 twill order (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: light brown silk figured satin-weave ground with cloud and dragon patterns. At regularly spaced intervals, the dragon motifs alternate with cloud patterns. Gold-wrapped thread is used. Lining: silk plain-weave fabric of degummed red warps and indigo wefts.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to the MFA on March 9, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp