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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- Made 1875–1900
- Silk and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts with couched plied silk; silk cords
- 119.2 × 199.5 cm (46 7/8 × 78 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Gaylord Donnelley in memory of Frances Gaylord Smith