Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 106.5 x 177.5 cm (41 15/16 x 69 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten: brown silk figured satin ground decorated with branches of peonies. A repeat pattern of realistically-rendered peony boughs decorates the grayish-brown satin ground. The white plain-weave silk patch on the reverse of the right panel bears an inscription. Inscription: @ (in ink). Lining: none.


Inscription @


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)

[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