This richly-illustrated text offers a concise introduction to diverse Japanese Buddhist practices and the central role of art within them. It showcases magnificent and rare works of Japanese artornate and gold leafed paintings, textiles, ceramics, and sculpturesfrom The Newark Museum of Arts collection that reflect Mahayana and Mantrayana Buddhist practices.
The volume is organized in seven sections that emphasize the functionality of the art through windows of practice embraced throughout all periods of Japanese Buddhist history. The Buddha, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas chapter introduces central divine figures prominent in Mahayana Buddhist art. The Life and Death section illustrates Japanese Buddhist promises of paradises and punishments of hells. The Health and Wealth portion features both peaceful and wrathful Buddhist deities that promote physical and mental health, as well as spiritual and material wealth, while fending off negativities that bring disaster. Extending Enlightenment considers the evolution of art in Buddhism while the Teachers and Students chapter addresses the vital, venerated role of teachers and transmission of knowledge. From Ascetic to Saint explores the narrative origins of a four-part illustrated hagiography depicting the ascetic life of the Buddhist monk Tokuhon. Finally, the Tea Aesthetics and Implements section showcases a particular ceremonial practicethe ritual preparation and drinking of tea in a unique gathering. This is one element of continually evolving trends in Buddhism.
Dr. Katherine Anne Paul is The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL. Paul served as curator of the Arts of Asia at the Newark Museum from 2008 to the spring of 2019. A Fulbright scholar, Paul has published extensively on numerous subjects related to Asian art. She holds degrees in Languages and Cultures of Asia from University of Wisconsin Madison (MA, Ph.D.). She served on the steering committee for the American Curators of Asian Art (2010-2017) and as a board member of the Seol Won Foundation since 2017.
Ikumi Kaminishi is associate professor and director of Graduate Studies, Tufts University, School of Arts and Sciences. Kaminishi specializes in Japanese art and culture with particular focuses on Buddhist art and medieval illustrated hand-scrolls (emakimono). She teaches a variety of courses, including Japanese architecture, Buddhist Art, Arts of China, Zen and Tea Aesthetics, and History of Japanese anime.
Contributions by Katherine Anne Paul & Ikumi Kaminishi Project Editor: Catherine Evans, The Newark Museum of Art Preface by Linda C. Harrison, Director & CEO, The Newark Museum of Art
What it is about Japanese art that transcends time and place to remain so visually stimulating and spiritually rewardingas true today as it has been for centuries? Linda C. Harrison, Preface
Japanese Buddhism Revealed
HB $44.95/£35.00 ISBN: 9781911282556
164pp 9.5 x 11 in (280 x 240 mm)
155 color illustrations
Publication: June, 2021