Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 275.8 x 523.2 cm (108.6 x 206.0 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; lampas with 5/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of geometric lozenges and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: medium-toned blue figured silk with geometric lozenges and peony motifs. The lozenges with floral centers form the background, and large peony motifs float on this surface. Shiten, niten: red figured silk with paulownia and phoenix roundels. Lining: modern addition. This kesa is part of a set with an ohi decorated with geometric lozenges and peonies (60.1165b).


Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to MFA Oct. 13, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp