Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan

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University of Washington Press, 2004 - Art - 350 pages
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In the early seventeenth century, the Toyotomi clan sponsored a major refurbishing of the Benzaiten Hall on Chikubushima, transporting a highly ornamented structure from Kyoto to be installed as its core. Enveloped in polychrome paintings by the Kano workshop (the leading painting studio of the period), black-and-gold lacquer, gilt metalwork, and pictorial relief wood carvings, this core is the most complete ensemble of ornament and architecture surviving from the Momoyama period. Watsky has had unique access to the island, and many of the images included here have not previously been published.

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The Material of the Sacred I
Hideyoris Enlistment of the Sacred I
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Watsky is Associate Professor of Art History at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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