Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo period
dated 1802

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 112.8 x 200.5 cm (44 7/16 x 78 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (karaori); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of Chinese lions and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: red silk ground patterned with horizontal bands of Chinese lions and peonies in the long floats of the supplementary wefts. The peonies are realistically rendered, and the Chinese lions are executed in a lively manner. The flat-gold paper thread glitters brilliantly. Shiten, niten: light blue silk ground with woven-in designs of scrolling vines in silver-leafed paper thread. Pairs of warps are transposed after every three weft insertions, creating a gauze weave effect. The design is created by interweaving the silver-leafed paper thread on either side of the thick weft yarn. Lining: silk plain-weave fabric of degummed brown warps and degummed dark blue wefts. Inscription: @ (in ink). Several traces of refashioning apparent.




Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on February 15, 1917

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection