Hiraizumi: Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth-century Japan

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, 1998 - Art - 263 pages
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In the twelfth century, along what were then the borders of the Japanese state in northern Honshu, three generations of local rulers built a capital city at Hiraizumi that became a major military and commercial center. Known as the Hiraizumi Fujiwara, these local powerholders were descendents of the ancient Emishi, for centuries rivals to the central Japanese state and only recently reluctant participants in the growing Japanese polity. At Hiraizumi, these rules created a city filled with art, from splendid temples and shrines to landscaped gardens and palatial residences that rivaled in scale and extravagance those found in Kyoto. This building program was at least in part an attempt to use the power of art and architecture to claim a religious and political mandate. At the same time, it was an encounter with a set of concerns that arose from the situation of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara as outsiders in an emergent cultural homogeneity defined by the center in Kyoto.
  

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Contents

Introduction
2
The Unruled East 10 The Emishi izl Hitakami 13 The Northern
25
The Kitakami Rulers
31
The Oshu Wars 35 Kitakami Buddhism 39 A Fushu Nation?
47
KlYoHIrA
51
Kiyohira 58 Hiraizumi 62 Chusonji 67 Another Temple
76
Sutra of Gold and Silver 80 Symbolisms
86
Contests for Legitimacy 89 Strategies of Culture 92 Motohira
94
Muryokoin 107 Sutra in Blue and Gold 111 A Splendid Domain
119
House of Gold 122 The Mummies in the Altar 131 Three Generations
142
Housing the Canon 146 Wutaishan Monju 149 A Golden World
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The Fa1 1 of H1ra1zum1
161
Art and Mandate
185
Notes
209
Index
255
Copyright

Hidehira 96 Hiraizumi 98 Motsuji 100 Kanjizaioin 106
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Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan is Professor of Japanese Art History at Yale University.

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