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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0812.6

  • Description

    Buddhist priest's surplice (kesa). On one side, lacquer figured brocade with flower motifs; on the other, silk painted flowers in Yuzen style.

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  • Date

    • 16thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

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  • Curator's comments

    Buddhist priest's mantle (kesa) woven in unglossed silk with lamellae inlay. Lotus design on a gold-brown ground, and on reverse plum boughs on deep blue ground. The lotus design inlay was probably originally silver or gold, but there is no sign of this, only the narrow paper strips on which the foil was mounted. (Ann Hecht)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1981,0812.6

  • Additional IDs

    • JA+.65
Buddhist priest's stole (kesa). Lacquer figured brocade with flower motif on one side. The other side with silk painted flowers in yuzen style.

Buddhist priest's stole (kesa). Lacquer figured brocade with flower motif on one side. The other side with silk painted flowers in yuzen style.

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