Preserving the Dharma: Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era by John M. RosenfieldPreserving the Dharma: Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era by John M. Rosenfield

Preserving the Dharma: Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era

byJohn M. Rosenfield

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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In this beautifully illustrated book, eminent art historian John Rosenfield explores the life and art of the Japanese Buddhist monk Hozan Tankai (1629-1716). Through a close examination of sculptures, paintings, ritual implements, and primary documents, the book demonstrates how the Shingon prelate's artistic activities were central to his important place in the world of late-seventeenth-century Japanese Buddhism. At the same time, the book shows the richness of early modern Japanese Buddhist art, which has often been neglected and undervalued.

Tankai was firmly committed to the spiritual disciplines of mountain Buddhism-seclusion, severe asceticism, meditation, and ritual. But in the 1680s, after being appointed head of a small, run-down temple on the slopes of Mount Ikoma, near Nara, he revealed that he was also a gifted artist and administrator. He embarked on an ambitious campaign of constructing temple halls and commissioning icons, and the Ikoma temple, soon renamed Hozanji, became a vibrant center of popular Buddhism, as it remains today. He was a remarkably productive artist, and by the end of his life more than 150 works were associated with him.

A major reconsideration of a key artistic and religious figure, Preserving the Dharma brings much-needed attention to an overlooked period of Japanese Buddhist art.

John M. Rosenfield (1924-2013) was the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of East Asian Art at Harvard University and curator emeritus of Asian art at the Harvard University Art Museums. His recent publications include Portraits of Chogen: The Transformation of Buddhist Art in Early Medieval Japan and extensive entries in Unr...
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Title:Preserving the Dharma: Hozan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691163979

ISBN - 13:9780691163970

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments 9

Author's Acknowledgments 13

Notes to the Reader 15

Historical Dates and Places 17

Maps 19

Introduction 23

CHAPTER 1 Birth and Training 39

CHAPTER 2 Sacred Mount Ikoma 55

CHAPTER 3 Head Priest 79

CHAPTER 4 Sculpture 93

CHAPTER 5 Pictures 109

CHAPTER 6 Eminence 127

APPENDIX A Hozanji Archive 143

APPENDIX B Shingon Priests 147

Notes 153

Bibliography 161

Glossary 171

Index 191

Image Credits 199

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"Intriguing and beautifully illustrated. . . . The main body of the text is devoted to an erudite yet lively account of Tankai's oeuvre, illuminated throughout by the author's unrivaled familiarity with the Buddhist art of the preceding 1,000 years and buttressed by a formidable scholarly apparatus of notes and appendices."--Joe Earle, Art Newspaper