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Theatrical Costume for the Role of a Buddhist Cleric

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Silk, metallic-thread and feather tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 42 x 102 1/2 in. (106.7 x 260.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Casalis, 1945
Accession Number:
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.
Mrs. Maurice Casalis , Lyme, CT (until 1945; donated to MMA)
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Ming Dynasty," February 11, 2009–August 2, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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