A richly-illustrated concise introduction to diverse Japanese Buddhist practices and the central role art plays in them.
This is a unique and compelling visual history of Japanese Buddhist art largely dating from the Edo period (1600–1868) to the present day, through one of the finest collections in the US. Showcasing over 130 ornate and gold-leafed paintings, textiles, ceramics, and sculptures from the Newark Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese Buddhist art, this volume provides access to hitherto unpublished masterpieces.
It is divided into five parts: Buddha, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas; Life and Death; Health and Wealth; Teachers and Students; and Tea Aesthetics and Implements. An essay, by guest author Dr. Ikumi Kaminishi of Tufts University, explores the tradition of illustrated storytelling (etoki) primarily performed by nuns in conjunction with painted narrative scrolls. Kaminishi accomplishes this through a detailed discussion of the Museum’s complete four painting set of the hagiography of Tokuhon (1758–1818) while posing a Buddhist reading of ukiyo, the “floating world”.
Katherine Anne Paul is curator of Arts of Asia at the Newark Museum, New Jersey
Ikumi Kaminishi is an associate professor of art history at Tufts University, Massachusetts
Table of Contents
- Director’s Foreword by Linda Harrison
- Acknowledgments by Katherine Anne Paul
- Map of Buddhist sects in Japan
- From Nara to Newark: Japanese Collections of the Newark Museum by Katherine Anne Paul
- Extending Enlightenment: Japanese Buddhism and Art by Katherine Anne Paul
- From Ascetic to Saint: The Etoki of Tokuhon’s Monastic Odyssey by Ikumi Kaminishi
- Buddha, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas
- Life and Death
- Health and Wealth
- Teachers and Students
- Tea Aesthetics and Implements
- Recommended Reading