About this artwork
Certain Buddhist sects, including the Shin, favored five-column kesa that were smaller than others of the five-column variety. Instead of being draped over the left shoulder, these kesa were positioned horizontally and held in place by a strap over the left shoulder. The pattern on this example features lotus blossoms, vine scrolls, and cloud forms, with a superimposed circular family or monastery crest based on a wisteria motif.
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- Made 1945–1985
- Silk and cotton; twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts; silk and cotton knotted cords
- 57.2 x 144.9 cm (22 1/2 x 57 in.) Full pattern repeat: 10.1 x 11.4 cm (4 x 4 1/2 in.) 3 attached belts: 1)156.6 x 6.365 cm (61 5/8 x 2 1/2 in.) 2) 36.2 x 4.45 cm (14 1/4 x 3/4 in.) 3) 36.9 x 4.45 cm (14 1/2 x 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Ralph E. Hays in memory of Mary Van Artsdalen Hays