Antique Japanese Buddhist Pilgrim’s coat. Buddhist monks associated with the teachings of Kukai (or Kobo Daishi) would embark on a pilgrimage to visit the 88 temples on the island of Shikoku. Upon arriving to each temple, the monk would bathe before giving offerings and reciting prayers as well as receive a stamp distinctive to each temple. Normally a monk would carry around a special stamp book however it is not unusual to stamp the monk’s coat as seen here. Also with extensive calligraphy and large stamped images of Fudo Myoo and others. Made of asa (hemp).
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 40″ high x 50″ wide