Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)
17th or 18th century
Object Place: Japan
Height x width: 110.3 x 188.1 cm (43 7/16 x 74 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Appliquéd silk, gilt paper Columns: lampas with 3/1 twill foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (kinran) Rest of the kesa: 3/1 broken twill with continuous supplementary wefts bound in plain-weave order Pieced and appliquéd
Not On View
Six-columned kesa with decoration of lotus arabesques. Columns: Satin weave indigo blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of lotuses and scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Rest of the kesa: Four-harness warp-faced light green silk twill ground with woven-in patterns of peonies with double-tendrilled scrolling vines in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: White plain-weave silk.
Inscription: @ (in ink). White and green plain silk braid attached.
Purchased by Mrs. W. Scott Fitz from Shojiro Nomura; gift of Mrs. Fitz to MFA, February 4, 1915.
Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz