Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

Edo or Meiji era
latter half of the 19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 137.4 x 218.6 cm (54 1/8 x 86 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; Lampas with plain-weave foundation and plain-weave supplementary weave (nishiki), pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Seven-columned kesa with decoration of floral roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with figured designs of four types of floral roundels connected by thin scrolling vines. Niten: none. Lining: light blue 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