Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Japanese
Meiji era
latter half of the 19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

Height x width: 134.6 x 220.2 cm (53 x 86 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.3976

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and 1/3 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragons and cranes.Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light red silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, cranes and clouds in horizontal bands. Niten: none. Lining: Light red plain-weave silk.

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection