Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Meiji era
latter half of the 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 134.6 x 220.2 cm (53 x 86 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd silk, Lampas with plain-weave foundation and 1/3 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of dragons and cranes.Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light red silk ground with figured patterns of dragons, cranes and clouds in horizontal bands. Niten: none. Lining: Light red plain-weave silk.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection