Asian Art

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

early 20th century

Silk with metal threads; compound weave

47 3/4 x 80 1/2 in. (121.3 x 204.5 cm) Loom Width: 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.12.39
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.
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Meiji era (1868–1912)
Classification: 
Apparel/Costume
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Ex coll. William L. Keane

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