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Buddhist Monk’s Shawl with Stylized Patterns

19th century

Silk with metallic threads; twill weave

42 × 74 1/2 in. (106.7 × 189.2 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.12.11
Worn to fall diagonally from the left shoulder, monks’ shawls are often bestowed during ordinations and worn for ceremonies. While theoretically intended to reference the rags that were assembled into a patchwork shawl by Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, many, such as this elegant example, were made from luxurious gifts to a monastery. An inscription brushed on the inside of this shawl indicates that it once belonged to the Gokugon-ji, a temple in Kanazawa Prefecture.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Apparel/Costume
Provenance: 

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

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.