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Buddhist Vestment (Kesa) with Maple Leaves and Fans

Edo period (1615–1868)
second half of the 18th–first half of the 19th century
Paste-resist dyed silk crepe (chirimen) with shaped-resist dyeing, silk and metallic-thread embroidery
Overall: 42 3/4 x 67 1/4 in. (108.6 x 170.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of E. G. Kennedy, 1932
Accession Number:
Not on view
After the death of a woman of high social status, one or more of her treasured garments would often be presented to a temple, where they were made into altar cloths or vestments, like this kesa. Such donations constitute a form of shōgon, which was thought to bestow karmic merit on the donor. Shōgon refers to the gorgeous adornment of Buddhist altars and worship halls where rituals are performed.
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