Buddhist priest's robe (kesa, yokogesa)

Edo or Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 57.2 x 150.4cm (22 1/2 x 59 3/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk (kinran), gilt paper; lampas with 2/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave; pieced and appliquéd

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Five-columned kesa with decoration of Saga-style paulownia. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten, niten, braid: dark blue silk ground with woven-in patterns of Saga-style paulownia in supplementary wefts of flat gold-leafed paper thread. Lining: silk ground fabric of six-harness warp-faced twill with roundels of peonies, chrysanthemums, and wild pinks woven in a weft-faced twill.The strap is attached to the kesa with a decorative white braided cord.


Purchased by the donor of Shojiro Nomura; gift to MFA on February 4, 1915
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz