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from the Newark Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese Buddhist art, this volume provides access to hitherto unpublished masterpieces.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