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Indian Influence on the Art of Japan
Book ID NBC501
ISBN No. 81-7211-269-6
Book Name Indian Influence on the Art of Japan
Author/s name/s : Biswas Sampa
Publisher Name Northern Book Centre
Publishing Year 2010
Book Price (Printed) INR 3490  USD 300 
Book Price (Our Price) INR 3140  USD 270 
Book Size 28 × 22 cm.
Book Page xxii + 198 (162 Coloured Photographs)
Book Weight 865 gms

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Indian Influence on The Art of Japan (AD 538-1333) provides a comprehensive study of how Buddhist Philosophy and religious concepts completely changed the socio-religious environment and consequently the artistic creations of Japan. The remarkable ability of the people of Japan to comprehend the essence of Buddhism was the key element which helped in transforming the existing Japanese society into a much higher and elevated level of culture. This book makes a meticulous study of the truimphant march of Buddhism and the power of the Japanese people to assimilate the foreign culture, effected through the study of the translations of Buddhist Sutras and also in transforming the art scene which was essentially derived from the cultural heritage of India, as well as that of the Orient.

Temporally, the scope of the book is expansive, the period covered is from the fifth millennium bc to mid-fourteenth century AD.

  • The book traces the development of the formative arts, through Archaic (pre-historic and proto-historic) Age, - sometime around the fifth millennium BC, which continued until the introduction of Buddhism in the sixth century AD.
  •  It studies Japan's ancient beliefs, that is, Shinto, and the impact of Buddhism on Shinto ; the creation of Ryobu Shinto and the emergence of Shinto art. 
  • It concentrates on the arts of the Early Historic Age or an era of Buddhist culture, which is subdivided into the Asuka Period (late seventh  century-early eighth century AD), and Tempyo Period (eighth century AD)
  • The final chapters are devoted to the study of the arts of the Early Heian Period (AD 794-897) when Buddhist sculpture and painting were dominated by the metaphysical cults of esoteric Buddhism; the Late Heian Period (AD 897-1185) when under the refined culture of the aristocratic class there was considerable artistic experimentation giving rise to the Yamato-e, a native Japanese style of painting; and the rise of a new distinctive popular cult, the Jodo cult or faith in Amitabha Buddha, which inspired a new type of religious painting
  • A study of the arts of the Kamakura Period (AD 1185-1333) when the spirit of the new age was reflected in the works of the great masters in Buddhist sculpture and the rapid growth of picture scrolls or e-makimono, especially religious scrolls inspired by Buddhist sects.

This book would be of great interest to students and research scholars, and also serve as an important reference work for teachers of Japanese art and culture.

Book Content

Foreword  by Dwijendra Nath Bakshi


List of Plates


1. Arrival of Buddhism Along with Its Concomitant Art Form in Japan

Advent of Buddhism in China and Korea; Arrival of Buddhism in Japan; The Cult of Shinto; Pre-Buddhist Art; Contribution of Prince Shotoku Taishi in the Spread of Buddhism; Notes

2. Religious Background and Art of the Asuka Period (AD 538-645)

Religious Background of Asuka Period; Indian Influence on Japanese Art of Asuka Period through Central Asia, China, Korea; Buddhist Sculptures of Asuka Period; Buddhist Paintings of the Asuka Period; Notes

3. Spread of Buddhist Culture and Art of Early Nara Period (AD 645-710)

Religious Background; Buddhism and Shinto in Nara Period; Beginning of Shinto Art; Indian and other Influences on Tang China and its Impact on Japanese Art; Sculptures of Hakuho Period; Buddhist Paintings of the Early Nara Period; The Horyu-ji Murals; Indian, Central Asian and Chinese Styles at Horyu-ji; Horyu-ji and Aja]nta; Horyu-ji and China; Notes

4. Sculptures and Paintings of Late Nara Period (Tempyo Period, AD 710-794)

Materials Used for Image Making; Bronze Sculptures; Dry Lacquer Sculptures; Clay Sculptures; Buddhist Paintings; Notes

5. Japanese Buddhist Art and its Expansion During the Early Heian Period (AD 794-897)

Religious Background of Early Heian Period; Shinto-Buddhist Syncretism in the Heian Period; Shinto Art of Heian Period; Shinto Paintings and Sculptures; Buddhist Sculptures of the Early Heian Period; Buddhist Paintings of the Early Heian Period; Notes

6. The Art of the Fujiwara Period or Late Heian Period (AD 897-1185)

Religious Background of the Fujiwara Period; Buddhist Sculptures; Buddhist Religious Paintings; Secular Paintings; Notes

7. New Ideas in Buddhist Art in the Kamakura Period (AD 1185-1333)

Religious Background of the Kamakura Period; Shinto Sculpture; Shinto Paintings; Buddhist Sculptures; Paintings of the Kamakura Period; Wood Block Print; Notes

8. Conclusion





Subject Index

Name Index

Place Index


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