The Arts of Japan: Ancient and medieval, Volume 1

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Kondansha International, 2003 - Art - 305 pages
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The Arts of Japan: Ancient and Medieval, the first volume of the two, focuses on Japanese art history up to the end of the sixteenth century-from the arts and tomb artifacts of prehistoric Japan to the Buddhist and secular arts that were developed in the successive capitals at Nara and Kyoto as well as in provincial centers.

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Foremost among Japanese art historians of his day, the author, SEIROKU NOMA (1902-66), had keen insight into the arts of his country and wrote about them with unequaled sensitivity. Author of countless books and articles, including The Arts of the Asuka, Hakuho, and Tempyo Eras and Bronze Buddhist Sculptures from Imperial Collections, Noma served as curator at the former Imperial Art Museum and then at the Tokyo National Museum, retiring as chief curator in 1964.

JOHN ROSENFIELD, the translator, is Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of East Asian Art, Emeritus, Harvard University.

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