Kesa

A work made of silk and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts with couched plied silk; silk cords.
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  • A work made of silk and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts with couched plied silk; silk cords.

Date:

Late 19th century, Meiji period (1868–1912)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This vestment represents deluxe production that combines a complicated pattern with lavish materials. Round medallions containing a dragon or crane are set against a network of sinuous interlaced wisteria scrolls on a dense and rich gold ground of gilt-paper strip (kinran). The kesa survives in fine condition complete with its matching stole. A very similar robe, but with roundels containing pairs of birds, belongs to the Musée des Tissus in Lyon, France.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1875–1900

Medium

Silk and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts with couched plied silk; silk cords

Dimensions

119.2 x 199.5 cm (46 7/8 x 78 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Gaylord Donnelley in memory of Frances Gaylord Smith

Reference Number

1991.773

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