Two Pieces from a Robe (Kosode) with Chrysanthemums, Clouds, and Bamboo


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Amid purple clouds, chrysanthemums bloom along a bamboo fence—an autumnal design on these textiles, which were once part of a kosode. The two pieces show signs of having been covered along their edges (and, in the larger piece, by a band going across it), protecting them somewhat from fading and soiling in those areas. This pattern of wear suggests they may once have been used in a Buddhist context, perhaps as part of a Buddhist vestment (kesa). Kosode were frequently given to Buddhist temples upon the death of the wearer and made into vestments or altar cloths.

Two Pieces from a Robe (Kosode) with Chrysanthemums, Clouds, and Bamboo, Stitch-and paste-resist-dyed and painted float-patterned plain-weave silk (saya), Japan

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