Kesa

A work made of silk; plain weave, embroidered and appliqued with silk and gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk; silk cord and tassels.
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  • A work made of silk; plain weave, embroidered and appliqued with silk and gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk; silk cord and tassels.

Date:

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

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Scattered across the off-white expanse of silk in this kesa are multiple versions of colorful embroidered peacocks, peonies, and scepters, which once served as a symbol of authority in connection with Chinese Buddhism. Much of the embroidery and appliqued gold crosses seams, indicating that the panel was completely assembled before the embroidery work began.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1875–1900

Medium

Silk; plain weave, embroidered and appliqued with silk and gilt-paper-strip-wrapped silk; silk cord and tassels

Dimensions

117.5 × 221 cm (46 1/4 × 87 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert D. Graff

Reference Number

1957.156

Extended information about this artwork

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