Silk compound weave with gilt paper
205.7 cm (81 inches) (length)
Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich
This technically elaborate kesa with nine columns was meant for formal occasions. The four corner squares (shiten) feature the guardians of the north, south, east, and west, also called the shiten. This kesapresents the Buddhist cosmos: the central column stands for the Buddha and the corner squares represent the four guardian kings. The textile from which this kesa was made resembles those used for Nō theater costumes.
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