|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
sougishi 僧祇支 (Sk: Sankaksika). A robe worn by Buddhist priests
under the *kesa 袈裟 (outer
robe). Often found on Buddhist images of the Asuka period.
The gishi was worn diagonally; usually over the left shoulder and
under the right arm, but occasionally it was worn the other way round. An
example can be seen on the Houryuuji Kudara Kannonzou 法隆寺百済観音像, Nara, thought
to have been made in the Asuka period.
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