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Volume 33 – Number 7

Sep 2002

 


 

Jizo in Mediaeval Japan

Kobo Daishi's Shrine
 
Textiles and Ceramics in the Later Meiji Era

The Daruma Images of Nantenbo

An Interview with Kurt A. Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen

Qianlong in Edinburgeh


The Qianlong Emperor on Mid-Autumn Festival Evening
Attributed to Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766)
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk
Palace Museum, Beijing

Japan dominates this month's issue, with articles covering art from the 12th to the early 20th century. Samuel Morse traces the role of the bodhisattva Jizo in Japanese Buddhism, with examples from the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art. Marking an exhibition of Shingon Buddhist works at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Julia White discusses a shrine brought from China during the Tang dynasty. Japan's opening to the West during the Meiji period broadened the market for ceramics and textiles; Joe Earle gives an overview of how Japanese producers adapted their styles and promotional techniques to meet the new demand from abroad. Paul Berry examines images of Daruma by a highly prolific artist to show that subtle differences reveal an emphasis on spontaneity over mass production. An upcoming exhibition of paintings from their collection is the occasion for Patricia Graham's interview with Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen. In the realm of Chinese art, David Caldwell introduces highlights from an exhibition devoted to the Qianlong emporor. This is the first time since the establishment of the People's Republic of China that art from the Palace Museum has been shown in Britain.

 

 
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