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Faith and power in Japanese Buddhist art, 1600-2005

"Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art explores the transformation of Buddhism from the premodern to the contemporary era Japan and the central role its visual culture has played in this transformation. Although Buddhism is generally regarded as peripheral to modern Japanese society, this book demonstrates otherwise. Its chapters elucidate the thread of change over time in the practice of Buddhism as revealed in temple worship halls and others sites of devotion and in imagery representing the religion's most popular deities and religious practices. It also introduces the work to modern and contemporary artists who are not generally associates with institutional Buddhism and its canonical visual requirements but whose faith inspires the art. The author makes a persuasive argument that the neglect of these materials by scholars results from erroneous presumptions about the aesthetic superiority of early Japanese Buddhist artifacts and an asserted decline in the institutional power of the religion after the sixteenth century. She demonstrates that recent works constitute as significant contribution to the history of Japanese art and architecture providing evidence of Buddhism's persistent and compelling presence at all levels of Japanese society and its evolution in response to the needs of new generation of supporters both within and beyond its orthodox institutions."--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©2007
University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, ©2007
viii, 353 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
9780824831264, 9780824831912, 0824831268, 0824831918
Buddhism in the arts of early modern Japan, 1600-1868
Institutional Buddhism under warrior rule
Buddhist temples for the elites
Temples for commoners
Depictions of popular deities and spiritual concerns
Professional icon-makers
Expressions of faith
Buddhist imagery and sacred sites in modern Japan, 1868-2005
Buddhist institutions after an era of persecution, 1868-1945
From icon to art, 1868-1945
Buddhist sites of worship, 1945-2005
Visualizing faith, 1945-2005 Additional Information at Google Books