Portraits of Chogen: The Transformation of Buddhist Art in Early Medieval Japan - Japanese Visual Culture 1 (Paperback)John Rosenfield (author)
Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 02/10/2012
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This volume, the first in Brill's Japanese Visual Culture series, vividly describes the efforts of the Japanese monk Shunjobo Chogen (1121-1206) to restore major buildings and works of art lost in a brutal civil conflict in 1180. Through meticulous study of dedicatory material, Rosenfield is able to place the splendid Buddhist statues made for Chogen in new light. The volume also explores how Japan's rulers employed the visual arts as instruments of government policy - a tactic that recurs throughout the nation's history. This publication includes an annotated translation of Chogen's memoir, completed near the end of his life, in which he recounts his many achievements. While Chogen has been the subject of major art exhibitions and extensive research in Japan; this is the first book-length study to appear in the West.
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 950 g
Dimensions: 246 x 188 x 18 mm
"... This excellent book is a rarity in that Rosenfield's clear writing and careful explanations make this complex topic accessible to nonspecialists while concurrently, his use of diverse primary sources, including Chogen's own memoir (translated in an appendix), distinguishes it as an invaluable resource for specialists as well." Patricia J Graham, University of Kansas, Religious Studies Review, Vol 37 No 3 (September 2011)
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