Theatrical robe for a Buddhist priest


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This type of robe, known as a kasaya and intended for a Buddhist priest, is a piece of rectangular fabric that is wrapped over an inner robe and fastened in the front with a hook. The lining of this example bears a stamp that reads “Used in the Grand Theatre (Daxiji yong),” which indicates the robe was worn by an actor in the imperial theater in the Forbidden City rather than by an actual priest.

Theatrical robe for a Buddhist priest, Silk brocade patchwork, China

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