Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 110.7 x 217.5 cm (43 9/16 x 85 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; 4and1 satin weave with continuous and discontinuous supplementary wefts bound in 1/2 twill order (karaori); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies and chrysanthemums. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground patterned with peonies and chrysanthemums in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. The eight-layered chrysanthemums and peony branches are widely spaced in horizontal bands. Shiten, niten: indigo silk figured satin-weave ground with designs of floral arabesques. Three types of flowers are connected by scrolling vines with leaves. Lining: light brown plain-weave silk.


Gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on February 15, 1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection