Antique Japanese Monks' Kesa. Silk Brocade with Dragon design Circa 1776 A.D
Size 79" x 46"
Size 200 x 117 cm
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Shingon Buddhism is one of the major schools of Buddhism in Japan and one of the few surviving Vajrayana lineages in East Asia, originally spread from India China through traveling monks such as Amoghavajra Known in Chinese as the Tangmi these esoteric teachings would later flourish in Japan under the auspices of a Buddhist monk named who traveled to Tang China to acquire and request transmission of the esoteric teachings. For that reason, it is often called Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, or Orthodox Esoteric Buddhism.
The word "Shingon" is the Japanese reading of Chinese True Words which in turn is the Chinese translation of the Sanskrit word mantra"
Monks' apparel . The monks normally used fabrics consisting of a patchwork of different scraps of cloth as a sign of humility; these therefore provide valuable insights into the various type of silk cloth and embroidery available at the time