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Antique Japanese Shikoku Pilgrim's Coat

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1920: Item # 1328689
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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. There are many unique stamps on this coat, some bearing the image of Kukai himself. Meiji period (1868-1912) Size: 35" H x 48.5" L