Volume 41 – Number 5
A Suit of Japanese Armour at the MIA
The Kondo and Buddha Triad at Yakushi-ji
Bronzes from Cambodia at the Freer/Sackler
Laurence Binyon and the Admonitions Scroll
Ming Art in Jade, Gold and Other Media
Cover: Detail of nimai-do gusoku armour
Japan, early 17th century
Iron, leather, lacquer, silk, wood,
gold leaf and powder, and bear fur
(Photography by Charles Walbridge,
© Minneapolis Institute of Arts [2009.60])
(see p. 34 for full view)
This issue's cover image of a gilt-wood praying mantis maedate comes from the helmet of an early 17th century suit of Japanese armour acquired by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2009. Matthew Welch discusses what the armour reveals about the sophistication, status and identity of its original owner. Yuki Morishima looks at the ways in which the Medicine Buddha Triad at Yakushi-ji in Nara, Japan, demonstrates the imperial family's attempts to reinforce the legitimacy of its political rule and emphasize its power in the 7th and 8th century. Paul Jett analyses a cache of Buddhist statues unearthed in Cambodia, on show as part of the exhibition 'Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia' at the Freer/Sackler until January 2011 and thereafter at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Michelle Huang reflects on the life and work of Laurence Binyon, with particular reference to the Admonitions Scroll. Yang Xiaoneng concludes his series 'Ming Art and Culture from an Archaeological Perspective' with a discussion of works in gold, jade and other media.
After a busy spring season, we feature reviews of the Asia Week exhibitions and sales in New York, as well as Treasure Auctioneer's and Sotheby's spring sales in Hong Kong. We also look forward to gallery shows and fairs in London, Brussels and Taiyuan, Shanxi. In the commentary, Tiffany Beres takes a wry look at the world of the art fair.