Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 114.5 x 199.3 cm (45 1/16 x 78 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of floral and phoenix roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border: dark blue silk figured satin-weave ground with flowers, phoenix roundels, and scrolling vine motifs. Alternating bands of phoenix roundels, large lily motifs and small wood sorrel motifs are connected by scrolling vines. Shiten: white figured silk satin-weave ground. Interspersed among the flowers and grasses are stylized snowflake motifs, with the myriad treasures in the interstices. One square is missing. Niten: one silk red-ground panel with woven-in lotus arabesques, and the other with single-tendrilled peony arabesques in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: light brown bast fiber cloth.


Denman Waldo Ross gift to MFA February 15, 1917.
Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection