Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Early 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 107.8 x 196.0 cm (42 7/16 x 77 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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 October 13, 1960.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp