Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Meiji era
latter half of 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 106. x 189.5 cm (41 3/4 x 74 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd Kinran, silk, gilt paper; lampas with 3/1 plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Nine-columned kesa with decoration of phoenixes. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with woven-in patterns of phoenix and cloud motifs in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. On a plain-weave ground of thin warps and thick wefts, the discontinuous flat gold-leafed paper strips are secured with red supplementary binding warps. Niten: none. Lining: purple silk twill weave with paulownia arabesques and phoenix motifs (synthetic dyes used).


Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham