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Kesa

A work made of silk, satin damask and plain weaves.
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  • A work made of silk, satin damask and plain weaves.

Date:

Early or mid–19th century, Late Edo period (1789–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Three sects—Shingon, Shin, and Tendai—favored the use of this particular type of kesa. Two or three fabrics were typically employed, none with the colorful patterning that tends to be preferred by collectors. The blue damask fabric used in the borders and column dividers, patterned (in one color) with floral motifs, may be Chinese in origin or it may be of Japanese manufacture made in the Chinese style. The kesa is accompanied by its matching stole, or ohi, which was draped over the wearer’s tight shoulder as a complement to the kesa covering the left.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 1800–1868

Medium

Silk, satin damask and plain weaves

Dimensions

113.5 × 213.5 cm (44 5/8 × 84 1/8 in.) Repeat (in heri): 4 × 4 cm (1 5/8 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2004.1022

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