Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 106.7 x 207.0 cm (42 x 81 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gilt paper; lampas with 3/1 twill foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (kinran); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of ivy and wisteria arabesques. Columns, dividing bands, border: indigo silk four-harness warp-faced twill ground with woven-in patterns of ivy and wisteria vines complemented by chrysanthemum and wave roundels in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. The vines of the ivy and wisteria alternate with the chrysanthemum and wave roundels. There is very little undecorated space between motifs. Shiten: two of the four squares comprised of a gold silk ground with woven-in patterns of peony arabesque in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. The other two squares comprised of medium-toned blue silk figured satin-weave ground with motifs of peonies and phoenixes. Niten: none. Lining: green plain-weave silk. The lining is new.


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