Robe for a Buddhist Monk with Cranes and Clouds (Kesa) Maker: Unknown

early 20th century

Asian Art

Not on view

The visual allusion to patchwork in this mantle reflects the origins of this type of monastic clothing. Early mantles often incorporated pieces of discarded clothing worn by the founder of Buddhism—Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha Shakyamuni—around the sixth century B.C.E. The opulence of this example suggests that it may once have been part of another type of garment that was donated to a temple to gain religious merit.


Silk with metal threads; compound weave


47 3/4 × 80 1/2 in. (121.3 × 204.5 cm)
Loom Width: 27 in. (68.6 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Meiji era (1868–1912)


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William L. Keane 1951; Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955) New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

clothing, robes

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