Kesa

A work made of silk, gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk, and peacock-feather-wrapped silk; tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of silk, gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk, and peacock-feather-wrapped silk; tapestry weave.

Date:

Edo period (1615–1868), Late 18th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

During the Edo period, artists took liberties with some of the long-established traditions related to kesa. For example, the patchwork process was sometimes ignored in favor of a single uncut fabric with seams implied by inwoven lines or added cording. The preferred technique for these uncut pictorial panels was tapestry weave. In this example, which is particularly Chinese in style and subject, no such lines have been added, suggesting it was used as a hanging for meditation purposes in the monastery.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1775–1800

Medium

Silk, gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk, and peacock-feather-wrapped silk; tapestry weave

Dimensions

117.4 x 206.5 cm (46 1/4 x 81 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Gaylord Donnelley in memory of Frances Gaylord Smith

Reference Number

1991.768

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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