Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo period
latter half of the 18th–first half of the 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 120 x 206.5 cm (47 1/4 x 81 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of clouds and dragons. Columns, dividing bands, border: dark blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of dragons and clouds in supplementary wefts of gold-wrapped thread. Dragons and cloud patterns alternate with clouds filling the interstices. Shiten and niten: red silk figured satin-weave ground with patterns of peonies, phoenixes, and symbols of the myriad treasures. Lining: plain-weave fabric of degummed red warps and degummed indigo wefts. Two looped cords attached.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz