Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 48.4 x 127.2 cm (19 1/16 x 50 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, silvered paper, gilt paper file; 5/1 twill weave patterned with continuous supplementary wefts bound in 1\2 twill order (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Five-columned kesa with decoration of dragons, phoenixes, and clouds. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten, braid: Red silk ground of five-harness twill weave with figured patterns of dragons, phoenixes, and clouds. The dragons and phoenixes are arranged in bands with interstitial cloud motifs. Lining: Silk six-harness warp-faced twill ground with a twill pattern of reversed swastikas and crane motifs in horizontal bands. The strap is attached to the kesa with a decorative white braided cord.


Gift of Charles Henry Parker, from the Estate of Alfred Greenough

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection