Buddhist Priest's Mantle (Kesa)

Buddhist Priest's Mantle (Kesa)

Buddhist priest's mantle (or kesa)
Japan
18th or 19th century
Silk brocade
Museum no. T.91-1913
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Buddhist Priest`s Mantle or Kesa; tapestry weave with pictures of birds (peacocks, herons, storks and doves); a woman with birds feet, flying through a stylised coloured sky of yellow, with clouds of blue, green, brown, orange & red. Below is a stylised representation of a foaming sea (blue and white semi-circles) and rocks. The design also includes six orange squares with three yellow edged green circles.