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Kesa

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

Date:

Second half of the 18th century, Late Edo period (1789–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This garment is exceptional in two ways. It is unusually well-presrved, with its ivory ring and all straps and cords in place, thus allowing its presentation on a form, over a robe, in a way that correctly simulates the way it was worn. Also, it was made from an uwagi, a formal over-robe worn only by woman of the highest social standing during the Edo period. Its decoration of rows of lozenges based on floral forms is entirely embroidered in silk and gilt-paper-wrapped thread.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 1750–1800

Medium

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

Dimensions

112.8 × 186.5 cm (44 3/8 × 73 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph E. Hays in memory of Mary Van Artsdalen Hays

Reference Number

2004.981

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