Kesa (Formerly Nō Costume)

A work made of silk; twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts.
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  • A work made of silk; twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts.

Date:

18th century, Edo period (1615–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

The fabric of this kesa was made from N̄ costume material probably woven at Nishijin, in Kyoto, for a wealthy samurai for a private theater. The allover pattern of colorful chrysanthemums was created in the kara-ori technique favored for N̄ costume fabrics, in which the long silk weft floats forming the pattern resemble embroidery. As with this kesa, upon the death of the owner the garment would have been donated by the family to her temple as a prayer offering to protect the deceased’s soul, thus also bringing honor to the family for making the gift.

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Title

Kesa (Formerly Nō Costume)

Origin

Japan

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Silk; twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts

Dimensions

109.2 x 178.1 cm (43 x 70 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry C. Schwab

Reference Number

1943.869

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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