Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


115.5 x 200.1 cm (45 1/2 x 78 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, silvered paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (shuchin); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of chrysanthemums. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum motifs. The rigid alignment of the chrysanthemums is reminiscent of the pattern of interlocking geometric figures referred to as shokko. Shiten, niten: White figured satin-weave ground with cloud and dragon roundels. Lining: Green plain-weave silk.
A red, round braid is attached to the left panel of the niten and two looped cords are attached to the lining. The right braid is original; the left braid was added later.


Purchased by the donor of Shojiro Nomura; gift of MFA on February 4, 1915
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz