Buddhist Surplice (Kesa)

Silk with supplementary weft, brocaded; metal thread | 114.3 x 205.7cm | early 1900s

Unknown Artist

The kesa is a Buddhist monk's vestment worn folded and draped over one shoulder, and fastened over the chest. In keeping with the austere conditions of monastic life, kesa were traditionally fashioned from remainders of donated garments sewn together...
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