Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Beniji kahotsukushi moyo nishiki shichijo kesa

Meiji or Taisho era
late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 124.4 x 206.8 cm (49 x 81 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave Nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of flowering plants. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: red silk ground with figured patterns of flowers and the myriad treasures. Peonies and two types of stylized floral motifs arranged in horizontal bands with the myriad treasures motif in the interstitial spaces. The outer fabric has been fashioned entirely from the same material. Niten: none. Lining: white silk twill weave with clove motifs on a diamond lattice background. A cord of the same material as that of the kesa is attached to the outer fabric and lining.


Gift to MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection