Mr. Chun-Wa Chan: How to House a Foreign God?: On Scale, Medium, and Material Culture of Buddhism in Early Japan

Date: 26 March 2018
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower

What roles did small-scale architectural shrines play in the establishment of Buddhism in early Japan and its material culture? This talk charts the production, circulation, and reception of such artifacts in the Japanese archipelago from the sixth to the seventh centuries, with specific focus on the Tamamushi Shrine. Despite its fame as a national treasure, the shrine’s formal and conceptual ingenuity is often occluded by iconographic analysis, which tends to limit the understanding of the shrine to specific motifs derived from a single medium or scripture… (Please click on the image to read more)