Buddhist Vestment (Kesa) with Pattern of Flowing Water, Chrysanthemums, Fishing Nets, and Waterwheels
Edo period (1615–1868)
Twill-weave silk brocaded with silk (karaori)
Overall: 45 x 85 in. (114.3 x 215.9 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1919
Not on view
The elements of the multicolored design of this textile—sinuous streams, reeds, fishing nets, chrysanthemums, and waterwheels—remain clearly recognizable on its now-faded red background. Buddhist vestments were usually made from donated garments or other textiles that were cut into pieces and assembled into patchwork configurations. This kesa consists of a type of cloth called karaori, in which parts of the design are brocaded in long, floating silk wefts of many colors. The same kind of cloth was used for the type of Noh costume also called a karaori, usually worn as an outer robe for a female role.
[ Nomura Shōjiro , Kyoto until 1915; sold to Sargent]; Porter E. Sargent , Boston, MA (until 1919; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.
Artist:Date: second half of the 17th century Accession Number: 1980.222 Date:second half of the 17th centuryMedium:Silk and metallic thread embroidery with resist dyeing on satin damaskAccession:1980.222On view in:Not on view
Artist:Date: 17th century Accession Number: 19.93.7 Date:17th centuryMedium:Body of the kesa: brocaded silk twill (karaori); Squares: silk and metallic-thread lampasAccession:19.93.7On view in:Not on view