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正倉院文様  樹皮文様七条袈裟  shichijo-kesa ,bark pattern,shousouin-monyo

正倉院文様 樹皮文様七条袈裟 shichijo-kesa ,bark pattern,shousouin-monyo

七条袈裟 鳳凰文様  shichijo-kesa , hououmonyo,Phoenix pattern

七条袈裟 鳳凰文様 shichijo-kesa , hououmonyo,Phoenix pattern

Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)  Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century, Seven-columned kesa with decoration of floral roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with figured designs of four types of floral roundels connected by thin scrolling vines. Niten: none. Lining: light blue plain-weave silk. MFA

Buddhist priest's robe (kesa) Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century, Seven-columned kesa with decoration of floral roundels. Columns, dividing bands, border, shiten: light brown silk ground with figured designs of four types of floral roundels connected by thin scrolling vines. Niten: none. Lining: light blue plain-weave silk. MFA

Kujō (nine horizontal cloths) robe with gold-leaf arabesque pattern on purple-red base, Ra (gauze-like thin silk) with gold-leafed pattern, reverse side: plain silk, Yuan period/14th century  Tokyo National Museum. This kesa robe belonged to Shunnoku Myōha, a prominent monk in the Nanbokuchō period, according to the record of the transmission (sōdenki) written on a piece of cloth cut off from the back side. It is clear that it was imported from China.

Kujō (nine horizontal cloths) robe with gold-leaf arabesque pattern on purple-red base, Ra (gauze-like thin silk) with gold-leafed pattern, reverse side: plain silk, Yuan period/14th century Tokyo National Museum. This kesa robe belonged to Shunnoku Myōha, a prominent monk in the Nanbokuchō period, according to the record of the transmission (sōdenki) written on a piece of cloth cut off from the back side. It is clear that it was imported from China.

Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)  Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century, Seven-columned kesa with decoration of checkerboard patterns and phoenixes. MFA

Buddhist priest's robe (kesa) Japanese, Edo or Meiji era, latter half of the 19th century, Seven-columned kesa with decoration of checkerboard patterns and phoenixes. MFA

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