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A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture
presents a collection of 26 original essays that explore and critically examine various aspects of the field of Asian art and architectural history. Featuring contributions from both leading scholars and emerging voices, the essays offer the opportunity to engage with the current state of scholarship in Asian art and to discover its rich diversity. In topics that range from ancient tombs and imperial commissions to coinage and cultural interaction, and from gardens and monastic spaces to performances and pilgrimages, this wide-ranging and insightful collection of essays illuminates the wide geographic and temporal range of Asian visual culture.
Authors explore the art of Korea, Japan, China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and their diasporas, engaging issues related to colonial legacies and global interactions. Written by experts in art history, archaeology, geography, history, and anthropology, the essays are organized around six critical themes that reflect the current state of Asian art scholarship: Objects in Use, Space, Artists, Challenging the Canon, Shifting Meanings, and Elusive, Mobile Objects. With its multilayered presentation and wealth of thought-provoking new insights, A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture is an important addition to current scholarship that will reshape the way we consider Asian art.
This companion presents new critical views on crucial aspects of the large and varied field of Asian art and architectural history. The essays collected here provide scholars and the public with an opportunity to engage with the field in all its diversity - from coinage to monastic spaces to imperial commissions and beyond. Regions and topics covered include Korea, Japan, China, several regions of Southeast Asia, South Asia, global and colonial interactions, as well as art and architecture in the UK and UK diasporas.
A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture
presents a collection of 26 original essays from top scholars in the field that explore and critically examine various aspects of Asian art and architectural history.
- Brings together top international scholars of Asian art and architecture
- Represents the current state of the field while highlighting the wide range of scholarly approaches to Asian Art
- Features work on Korea and Southeast Asia, two regions often overlooked in a field that is often defined as India-China-Japan
- Explores the influences on Asian art of global and colonial interactions and of the diasporic communities in the US and UK
- Showcases a wide range of topics including imperial commissions, ancient tombs, gardens, monastic spaces, performances, and pilgrimages.
About the Author
Rebecca M. Brown
is visiting Associate Professor in the History of Art and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her publications include Gandhi's Spinning Wheel and the Making of India
(2010), and Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980
Deborah S. Hutton is Associate Professor of Art History at The College of New Jersey, USA. She is the author of Art of the Court of Bijapur (2006), which received the American Institute of Indian Studies Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.
Together, Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton have edited Asian Art: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Notes on Contributors xiv
Part I Introduction 1
1 Revisiting “Asian Art” 3
Rebecca M. Brown and Deborah S. Hutton
Part II Objects in Use 21
2 The Material Facts of Ritual: Revisioning Medieval Viewing through Material Analysis, Ethnographic Analogy, and Architectural History 23
Kevin Gray Carr
3 Textiles and Social Action in Theravada Buddhist Thailand 48
4 Functional and Nonfunctional Realism: Imagined Spaces for the Dead in Northern Dynasties China 70
5 The Visible and the Invisible in a Southeast Asian World 97
Part III Space 121
6 Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India 123
Tamara I. Sears
7 Urban Space and Visual Culture: The Transformation of Seoul in the Twentieth Century 153
8 Unexpected Spaces at the Shwedagon 178
Elizabeth Howard Moore
9 The Changing Cultural Space of Mughal Gardens 201
James L. Wescoat Jr.
Part IV Artists 231
10 Old Methods in a New Era: What Can Connoisseurship Tell Us about Rukn-ud-Din? 233
Molly Emma Aitken and Shanane Davis, with technical analysis by Yana van Dyke
11 Convergent Conversations: Contemporary Art in Asian America 264
12 The Icon of the Woman Artist: Guan Daosheng (1262–1319) and the Power of Painting at the Ming Court c. 1500 290
13 Diasporic Body Double: The Art of the Singh Twins 318
Part V Challenging the Canon 339
14 Re-evaluating Court and Folk Painting of Korea 341
Kumja Paik Kim
15 Conflict and Cosmopolitanism in “Arab” Sind 365
Finbarr Barry Flood
16 In the Absence of the Buddha: “Aniconism” and the Contentions of Buddhist Art History 398
17 On Maurya Art 421
Part VI Shifting Meanings 445
18 Art, Agency, and Networks in the Career of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) 447
19 Shiva Nataraja: Multiple Meanings of an Icon 471
20 Sifting Mountains and Rivers through a Woven Lens: Repositioning Women and the Gaze in Fourteenth-Century East Java 486
Kaja M. McGowan
21 Dead Beautiful: Visualizing the Decaying Corpse in Nine Stages as Skillful Means of Buddhism 513
22 In the Name of the Nation: Song Painting and Artistic Discourse in Early Twentieth-Century China 537
Part VII Elusive, Mobile Objects 561
23 Chinese Painting: Image-Text-Object 563
De-nin Deanna Lee
24 Locating Tomyoji and Its “Six” Kannon Sculptures in Japan 580
25 The Unfired Clay Sculpture of Bengal in the Artscape of Modern South Asia 604
Susan S. Bean
26 Malraux’s Buddha Heads 629
Gregory P. A. Levine