Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 114.2 x 204.5 cm (44 15/16 x 80 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, silver gilt paper; lampas with 4and1 satin foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragon roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk figured satin-weave ground with dragon roundels, clouds, and reversed swastika motifs. The reversed swastika motifs appear as background patterns; the dragon roundels and cloud motifs appear as float patterns. Shiten, niten: green silk figured satin-weave ground with cloud and dragon motifs. Lining: green plain-weave silk ground with interlocking diamond motifs rendered in a warp-faced twill.


Purchased by the donor from Shojiro Nomura; gift to MFA on February 4, 1915

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz