Important Cultural PropertyKujō (nine horizontal cloths) robe with gold-leaf arabesque pattern on purple-red base

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  • 1 piece
  • Ra (gauze-like thin silk) with gold-leafed pattern, reverse side: plain silk
  • L231.5 W:right end101.5, center89.8, left end92.0
  • Yuan period/14th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • TI-421

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 then, since it shows a number of characteristics of Chinese textiles of the Yuan period, such as the gauzy central denso part (lit. paddy-field-looking) woven with the particular triple-twisted threads, the dense and clear arabesque pattern of the gold-leaf imprints (inkin) on the cloth and the tapestry technique used in the frame-part and some of the cloth columns.