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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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 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

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