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Theatrical Costume for the Role of a Buddhist Cleric

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk, metallic-thread and feather tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 42 x 102 1/2 in. (106.7 x 260.4 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Casalis, 1945
Accession Number:
45.123.4
Not on view
This colorful costume is a theatrical version of a jiasha, or Buddhist vestment, usually rectangular in shape and worn draped over one shoulder. It maintains many of the conventions of Buddhist clerical dress—namely, the piece is divided into parts: columns and a framework surrounded by a border with additional squares at the corners.
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