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.