Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo or Meiji era
latter half of 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 114.7 x 198.2 cm (45 3/16 x 78 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: gold figured silk with peony motifs. The gold ground is decorated with large peonies and curved branches. Shiten, niten: in each corner, there is a red silk ground fabric with a representation of one of the Four Guardian Kings woven in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. The two panels on either side of the central column contain the same figures as the two squares in the upper left and right corners. Lining: light blue silk monochrome figured satin-weave with mandarin orange and diamond-shaped motifs. Set with 39.1.


Gift of Marshall H. Gould to the MFA on January 12, 1939 Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

Gift of Marshall H. Gould