Buddhist Priest Mantle (kesa)

Originally developed out of necessity, poor Buddhist monks utilized old remnants of material cut into squares and joined to form a panel with a new pattern. Eventually these pieces evolved into quite splendid and opulent creations. Used to distinguish the followers of Buddha, these garments were worn draped over the left shoulder.

Circa: 18th century

Origin: Japan

Material: Silk and paper brocade (kinran)

Condition: Some wear to backing, otherwise excellent

Dimensions: 45" x 80"

Inventory number: TX3949



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