Kesa

A work made of silk; satin weave with supplementary patterning wefts; silk cords and tassels; ivory ring.
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  • A work made of silk; satin weave with supplementary patterning wefts; silk cords and tassels; ivory ring.

Date:

Early 19th century, Late Edo period (1789–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This kesa was among the first to enter the Art Institute's collection, in 1895. It is noteworthy for its large size, state of completeness (with ring, loop, cords, and tassels), and its pattern showing a profusion of European and Asian flowers. The pattern was made in the kara-ori technique, in which weft-float brocading resembles embroidery. An inscription on the lining states that the kesa was worn by the grand priest of a Buddhist temple.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1801–1833

Medium

Silk; satin weave with supplementary patterning wefts; silk cords and tassels; ivory ring

Dimensions

134 × 340.6 cm (55 1/2 × 134 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Pope through the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1895.375

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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