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In the twelfth century, along 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 rulers created a city filled with art, in an attempt to use the power of art and architecture to claim a religious and political mandate. In the first book-length study of Hiraizumi in English, the author studies the rise of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara and analyzes their remarkable construction program. She traces the strategies by which the Hiraizumi Fujiwara attempted to legitimate their rule and grounds the splendor of Hiraizumi in the desires, political and personal, of the men and women who sponsored and displayed that art.

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desires, political and personal, of the men and women who sponsored and displayed that art.

About the Author

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan is Professor of Japanese Art History at Yale University.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Foundations

  1. The Emishi
    • The Unruled East
    • The Emishi
    • Hitakarni
    • The Northern World
    • Taking the East
    • Buddhist Strategies
    • Barbarians over Barbarians
    • The Eniishi Wars
  2. The Kitakami Rulers
    • The Fushũ
    • Rebellion in the North
    • A New Political Order
    • The Ōshū Wars
    • Kitakami Buddhism
    • A Fushū Nation?

    Part II: Art And Politics At HiraizumI

  3. Kiyohjra
    • Kiyohira
    • Hiraizumi
    • Chūsonji
    • Another Temple
    • Sutra of Gold and Silver
    • Symbolisms
  4. Motohira And Hidehira
    • Contests for Legitimacy
    • Strategies of Culture
    • Motohira
    • Hidehira
    • Hiraizumi
    • Mōtsūji
    • Kanjizaiōin
    • Muryōkōin
    • Sutra in Blue and Gold
    • A Splendid Domain
  5. A Realm Of Gold
    • House of Gold
    • The Mummies in the Altar
    • Three Generations at Konjikidō
    • Meaning in Anomaly
    • The Sutra Repository
    • Housing the Canon
    • Wutaishan Monju
    • A Golden World

    Part III: Power In Art

  6. The Fall Of Hiraizumi
    • Crisis and Demise
    • A Final Transcription
    • King Kinrin
    • Prophylaxis
  7. Art And Mandate
    • The Capital of Artists
    • Art Rhetoric 1981
    • Heterologies

    Reference Matter

  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674392052
Author:
Yiengpruksawan, Mimi Hall
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Art, japanese
Subject:
Art, buddhist
Subject:
Hiraizumi-chåo (Japan) Politics and government.
Subject:
Art, Buddhist -- Japan -- Hiraizumi-chåo.
Subject:
Art, Japanese -- Heian period, 794-1185.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Religion-Buddhism - History
Subject:
ART / Art & Politics
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
ART / Subjects & Themes/Religious
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
171
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 maps, 15 line-art, 88 halftones
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
10.82x7.74x.74 in. 2.06 lbs.

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