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short priest´s robe, black gauze, belt of dark yellow with a Buddhist rosary.
1980
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a very special piece of clothing originally produced for a rare sect called Jishū which was woven using a special gauze-weaving technique not used in Japan nowadays.

History of the Object
Náprstek Museum acquired the robe in 1888 from the collection of Václav Stejskal (1851-1934), who probably bought it in Yokohama during his stay in Japan when travelling round the world on the Aurora corvette as a naval officer (1886-1888).

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Type
Textile 
Materials
black cotton, hand woven 
Measurements
Width 157 cm Length 121 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1850s 
Function
It belonged to a priest of the lesser known Buddhist sect called Jishū. A special technique used only for this kind of robe was used. The hand-woven fabric was called amiginu.  
Acquisition
1888, purchased from V. Stejskal 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
Kraemerová, Alice: Amiginu, in: Mingu Monthly, Vol.35, no.10, January 2003, pp.21-23. 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 

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