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紅縮緬地紅葉軍配団扇模様袈裟
Buddhist Vestment (Kesa) with Maple Leaves and Fans

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
second half of the 18th–first half of the 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Paste-resist dyed silk crepe (chirimen) with shaped-resist dyeing, silk and metallic-thread embroidery
Dimensions:
Overall: 42 3/4 x 67 1/4 in. (108.6 x 170.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of E. G. Kennedy, 1932
Accession Number:
32.65.25
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.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy , New York (until 1932; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.

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