Friday 12/6/2013, 2:00-2:45 PM, Waite Phillips Hall 104*
Studio Production in Mid-to-Late Heian Japan: Craftsmen or Artists?
Dr. Yoshiko Kainuma, Associate, USC Project for Premodern Japan Studies
Buddhist sculptors in Nara and early Heian Japan were generally regarded as craftsmen or artisans, rather than as artists in the modern sense. Around the mid-Heian period however, some drastic changes in environment led to a rise in their social status and greater independence for them as Buddhist sculptors who could then assert their own aesthetic values in their works of art. In this talk I present a history of a brilliant epoch for the mid-to-late Heian sculptors who carved in wood.